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“Vorwärts Denken, Vorwärts Sehen, Vorwärts Reiten!”: The Battle In The Northern Provinces

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The 1st Cavalry Division is to occupy northern Holland and capture the north-eastern IJsselmeer Dam. Next, the 1st Cavalry Division could be deployed to form a bridgehead to the west of the IJsselmeer for the attack on Fortress Holland from the northeast. Kornwerderzand and a landing in West Frieslandwould have a substantially delayed effect on operations elsewhere, even if they were carried out successfully. On 9 May, the division staff was gathered at Lingen for a Kriegsspiel when Feldt received the order from the 18th Army. In his Tagesbefehl for 10 May, General major Feldt quoted the traditional cavalry creed: Vorwärts denken, vorwärts sehen, vorwärts reiten(325) As an outpost to the IJsselmeer Dam, the Wons Position was part of the Den Helder Position, which was commanded by Rear Admiral H. Jolles. Offensive reconnaissance of positions to the north-east exit of the IJsselmeer Dam unsuccessful.

Keywords: 1st Cavalry Division; IJsselmeer Dam; Kornwerderzand; offensive reconnaissance; vorwärts denken; vorwärts reiten; vorwärts sehen; Wons Position



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