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The Field Army Defeated: The Battle For The Grebbe Line

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The Dutch Field Army suffered a decisive defeat on the Grebbeberg. Responsible for that defeat was Generalleutnant Karl von Tiedemans 207th Infantry Division and the SS regiment, which had defeated the Dutch IInd Corps. The Field Army lost the battle because of four factors: material and physical, psychological, organisational and tactical. The main part of the Dutch Field Army was positioned behind the Grebbe Line. These troops were expressly ordered to mount a staunch defence. Before they reached the Grebbe Line, the Germans were to expect resistance from five lightly armed Dutch border battalions and from troops of the so-called IJssel Line, which was a broad term for the relatively weak Dutch positions behind the river IJssel. The Dutch army also paid the price for the difficult personal relationship between Van Voorst tot Voorst and J. Harberts during the mobilisation period. The chapter also describes the battle at Scherpenzeel.

Keywords: Dutch Field Army; Grebbe Line; Grebbeberg; IJssel Line; Scherpenzeel



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