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Disputed Territory: The Battle In The Dutch Provinces Of Limburg, Noord-Brabant And Zeeland

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The German invasion of the Netherlands was the task of the 18th Army. Part of this army was to attack the eastern front of Fortress Holland to the north of the major rivers. Along the route towards Breda, the XXVIth Corps had to pass two Dutch defence lines: the Maas Line and the Peel-Raam Position. The objective of the Maas Line was to slow the German advance. The Dutch troops in Noord-Brabant would then have an opportunity to make themselves combat-ready and it would be possible for the IIIrd Corps and the Light Division to retreat to Fortress Holland. Few people in the Netherlands realised that war had broken out, two German trains were heading towards the Noord-Brabant village of Mill, one of the most important tactical positions along the Peel-Raam Position. The advance of the XXVIth Corps through northern Limburg, Noord-Brabant and Zeeland was hugely successful.

Keywords: battle at Mill; Dutch troops; Germans; Limburg; Netherlands; Noord-Brabant; Zeeland

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