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Not A Bridge Too Far: The Battle For The Moerdijk Bridges, Dordrecht And Rotterdam

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The advance through Noord-Brabant constituted the main effort of the German attack on the Netherlands. One of the missions of the German army elements that carried out this attack was to penetrate Fortress Holland and those at Dordrecht to cross the Oude Maas. The area in which the Ist and IInd battalions of the 1st Parachute Regiment were to land according to the plans was defended by Dutch troops belonging to what was known as the Kil Group. The German airborne operations in the attack on Denmark and Norway, the defences at the airfields around The Haguethe seat of governmentwere reinforced. The Island of Dordrecht was lost to the Dutch troops, they had to pull out all the stops to destroy the Moerdijk bridges and thus halt the advance of the rest of the 9th Panzer Division. The bombardment of the city of Rotterdam merely hastened the already inevitable defeat.

Keywords: 9th Panzer division; Dordrecht; Dutch troops; German airborne landings; German troops; Kil group; Moerdijk bridges; Rotterdam



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