English - Rare official Dutch Reports / Maps about German invasion Netherlands - AFSCHIJK/KORNWERDERZAND defenses - the Hague / Wateringen combat - 1941
Rare set of official Dutch reports and related maps from the Dutch Army related to the intense battles and the Dutch defences during the May days of 1940 in the area of the AFSLUITDIJK / WONSSTELLING / FRIESLAND and of the combat in THE HAGUE and surroundings. The maps are extremely detailled and describe the combat actions in this area very clearly. To much to explain, see photos. Originally from 1941, which is surprising given the fact that the NL was occupied at this time by The germans.
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History of battle of Kornwerderzand
Although the Germans were aware of the fact that the Afsluitdijk was heavily fortified with casemates, it was decided to make an attempt to cross the Afsluitdijk. On May 12, after the Wonsstelling had been captured, the Germans advanced towards the Afsluitdijk. They arrived here at five in the afternoon. The German venture failed. This was partly due to the gunboat Johan Maurits van Nassau, which fired on a German battery near Kornwerd from the Doove Balg in the Wadden Sea. The shelling forced the Germans to withdraw their artillery.
A second attempt was prepared after the first armed German reconnaissance on the dike, in which at most a small formation of scouts approached the Dutch position beyond the bend in the dike. On May 13, a heavy artillery barrage was aimed at the heaviest forts. Some German dive bombers were also deployed. Although a 500 kg bomb knocked a large piece of concrete off one of the main casemates, the meters thick walls left sufficient protection. Some German aircraft were damaged or shot down. The German artillery barrage was not followed up. On the German side, the commander of the 1st Kavallerie Division, General Feldt, had decided to cross the IJsselmeer with the help of ships and land north of Amsterdam. This ended the siege of Kornwerderzand.
The Dutch army capitulated after the bombing of Rotterdam. The Kornwerderzand Defense Line was the only Dutch position that managed to stop the Germans.