May 1940: The Battle for the Netherlands

The Battle for the Netherlands
Brill (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 1. April 2010
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 462 Seiten
978-90-04-18438-1 (ISBN)
Drawing on new research, this book provides the first comprehensive English-language account of the German assault on the Netherlands in May 1940. It presents fresh and incisive analyses of German and Dutch actions at tactical, operational and strategic levels.
  • Englisch
  • Leiden
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  • Niederlande
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
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  • Those interested in the history of WW2, the German and Dutch armies of that period, the history of the Netherlands int he 20th century
  • laminiert
  • 200 s/w Abbildungen, 16 farbige Abbildungen
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  • 16 pp. full colour, approx. 200 illus.
  • Höhe: 244 mm
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  • Breite: 168 mm
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  • Dicke: 30 mm
  • 953 gr
978-90-04-18438-1 (9789004184381)
9004184384 (9004184384)
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Herman Amersfoort (1951), Ph.D. (1988) in History, University of Leiden, is Professor of Military History at the Netherlands Defence Academy and at Amsterdam University. He has published extensively on Dutch military history in the 19th and 20th centuries. Piet Kamphuis (1953), M.A. in History, University of Groningen, is Director of the Netherlands Institute of Military History. Since 2000 he has also been secretary-general of the International Commission of Military History.
Preface Colour maps I. Introduction, H. Amersfoort The Netherlands and the war The shock The questions II. The Emergence of the German Threat, H.W. van den Doel The consequences of the First World War Versailles The 1920s: seeking stability Fascism and National Socialism National Socialists in power The German Lebensraum ambitions Conclusion III. Between Hope and Fear: The Netherlands armed forces in the interwar period, C.M. Schulten and P.M.J. de Koster Introduction The legacy of neutrality After the First World War The cupboard is bare - from 1922 to 1933 Turning point Rising tensions The military geography of the Netherlands Strategic policy Winkelman's operation plan IV. The Gathering Storm: The German armed forces in the interwar period, J.W.M. Schulten Introduction The German rearmament Baptism of fire The German operation plan for the Westfeldzug Plan of attack of the 18th Army The alert V. The Generals' Duel: Five days of war at the military strategic level, H. Amersfoort and J.W.M. Schulten Dusseldorf, Friday 10 May 1940 The Hague, Friday 10 May 1940 Dusseldorf, Saturday 11 May 1940 The Hague, Saturday 11 May 1940 Dusseldorf, Sunday 12 May 1940 The Hague, Sunday 12 May 1940 Dusseldorf, Monday 13 May 1940 The Hague, Monday 13 May 1940 Dusseldorf, Tuesday 14 May 1940 The Hague, Tuesday 14 May 1940 Rijsoord, Wednesday 15 May 1940 VI. 'Fall Festung': A surprise attack on The Hague, C.M. Schulten Introduction Ypenburg, Valkenburg and Ockenburg captured by the Germans The continuing battle for the airfields on 10 May The recapture of Ypenburg The battle for Valkenburg Ockenburg back in Dutch hands Further actions against the airborne troops and the battle at Overschie Concluding remarks VII. Disputed Territory: The battle in the Dutch provinces of Limburg, Noord-Brabant and Zeeland, H.W. van den Doel Introduction Operations against the bridges over the river Maas The battle at Mill Passage through Noord-Brabant Zeeland struggles on The final pocket of resistance eradicated Conclusion VIII. The Field Army Defeated: The battle for the Grebbe Line, H.W. van den Doel Introduction The fall of the IJssel Line The attack on the outposts of the IVth Division General Harberts' countermeasures The German attack on the main resistance sector Chaos among the military leadership The fall of the Grebbe Line The battle at Scherpenzeel The end Conclusion IX. "Vorwarts denken, vorwarts sehen, vorwarts reiten!": The battle in the northern provinces, P.H. Kamphuis The territorial defence of the northern Netherlands A morning of battle and a pursuit in vain The collapse of the Wons Position The offensive reconnaissance mission fails Conclusion X. Not a bridge too far: The battle for the Moerdijk bridges, Dordrecht and Rotterdam, H.W. van den Doel The German plans Dutch combat readiness The German airborne landings Consolidation of the German positions Actions by the border battalions and the Kil Group The Light Division takes action Die Panzer arrive on time The battle in Rotterdam The bombing of Rotterdam Conclusion XI. Myth and reality, H. Amersfoort Still coming to terms with the past? Analysing the military operations Pre-war defence policy: does it require re-evaluation? Annex: Table of land forces rank equivalents Annotated bibliography Index Biographical notes Photo acknowledgements
"This edited volume is a fascinating read from beginning to end. ... Fully footnoted and benefiting greatly from an annotated bibliography, the source material is in itself a valuable resource enhancing greatly the detailed narrative and analysis found within the main body of the text. The translation is of the highest quality and amply demonstrates the considerable time and effort that this must have taken. The range of photographs is extremely impressive and really helps to illuminate the story not just of the invasion and defense, but also the events leading up to the start of the
European war. Especially noteworthy are the thirteen color maps at the book's beginning, which are later reprinted within the main text in monochrome. This is indeed a most commendable military study, one of the best that this reviewer has ever received, and would grace any bookshelf". Andrew Stewart, Defence Studies Department, King's College London, in Global War Studies 8 (2) 2011, 98-100

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