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Fall K. German Offensive Plans Against The Netherlands 1916–1918

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This chapter is divided into the following parts: 1914, when the fortified positions take shape, 1915, when the tension rose, 1916, when the Operationsentwurf Fall K took form, 1917, when attack on the Netherlands was planned and 1918, which was the most agonizing for the Dutch Government and army leadership. To maintain neutrality in a dangerous environment meant continuous vigilance and perseverance for the Dutch political and military elite, but also steering a middle course and, eventually, showing the willingness to make concessions. Fall K principally derived its military relevance from Zealand. Due to the proximity of the bases on the Flemish coast and the access Zealand gave to the southern North Sea, in principle this area held all the elements for a British-German confrontation.

Keywords: army leadership; Dutch neutrality; Netherlands; Operationsentwurf Fall K

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