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A Different Dutch War

Part 2

by Roel Hendrikx


June 3 The British destroyer Afridi is bombed and sunk in the North Sea, while escorting a troop convoy from England to Norway survivors are pick up by a Dutch destroyer. French and British complete a plan that would mean that if Italy joins the war with Germany the invasion of Italian East Africa and Libya would be started the operation is called swift sand.

June 7 French General Maurice-Gustave Gamelin restores leave for Army soldiers after 17 days of alert, this happens also in Belgium and the Netherlands.

June 10 In Norway allied soldiers notice a decrease of Luftwaffe activity plus no activity is reported along the front.

June 19 Adolf Hitler arrives at his bunker near Aachen, Germany, to direct operation Fall Gelb (Case Yellow), the attack on western Europe despite the Luftwaffe still battling the air forces over western Europe.

June 20 German forces begin operation Sichelschnitt (Sickle Stroke), a surprise assault against Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium Fleets of Luftwaffe bombers and fighters take off to attack western Europe. German parachute and airborne forces begin landing to secure key bridges in Holland at Rotterdam, Dordrecht, and Moerdijk, but are faced with bot RAF and Dutch fighters who make their landings a living hell most of them are destroyed on the ground but some forces in the outer provinces hang on.

German troops occupy the Duchy of Luxembourg.

June 21 German parachute troops land behind the French Maginot Line but are quickly overpowered by French forces.

Netherlands troops withdraw from the frontier due to heavy German pressure towards the second and final line of defence of the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Utrecht line.

The Japanese Foreign Minister notifies diplomatic representatives of the Netherlands, Germany, Britain, France, USA, and Italy that it would not tolerate any change of nationality control of the Netherlands Indies Any outside interference would be considered an extension of the war to the Orient, which Japan would forcibly oppose.

June 22 German troops begin initial skirmishes with French troops in the Warndt sector, continuing throughout the day. The Dutch Crown Princess and family embark on Dutch destroyer Banckert from Ijmuiden Netherlands.

June 24 German forces break through the Maastricht-Hasselt defence line in Belgium and begin crossing the River Meuse on two undemolished bridges in the Maastricht region.

Italian Premier Benito Mussolini instructs the Chief of Army Staff and Under-Secretary of War to further perfect the western Alpine frontier defences. Dutch troops recapture Waalhaven Airport and regain control the entire fort Holland area. German 1st and 10th Panzer groups reach the east bank of the Meuse River at Sedan.

June 25 German 9th Panzer Division breaks through the frontier with Netherlands, and rushes to bridges in the Dordrecht - Moerdijk - Rotterdam area, cutting the Netherlands in two. German units passing through Luxembourg advance into Belgium through the Ardennes forest, crossing River Ourthe, heading to River Semoy.

A German mechanized column clashes with Allied armoured forces in Belgium slowing the German advance in Belgium.

The governments of Great Britain, Netherlands, and France assure Japan that no change of control of the Netherlands Indies is intended.

June 26 Netherlands forces regain control of Rotterdam north of the Maas River, and Noorder Island forcing the German to retreat to behind the main Dutch defence line.

Adolf Hitler issues Directive No. 11. Forces north of Liège to Namur are to hold down the greatest number of enemy forces. The Dutch Army is stronger than expected, and is to be broken quickly. Motorized divisions are to be transferred to Army Group A as soon as possible in hoop of braking the Dutch defence and go round the allied main line.

June 27 Dutch British and French forces are to begin to evacuee from the port of Rotterdam wile other Dutch forces try to hold them of this operation is called thunder due to overwhelming German power be put at the Dutch line.

Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands escapes to the United kingdom on British destroyer Hereword together with the government who embark on the British destroyer Windsor

June 28 The German Army begins a large attack across a 60-mile front of the River Meuse from Namur to Sedan. The Dutch are now completely surrounded with only the province of Holland and Zeeland under allied control.

June 29 Netherlands Commander in Chief General Winkelman orders the cessation of hostilities in the Netherlands after German force broke true the defences of the fortress Holland, About 25,000 men of the army of 300,000 were killed in the fighting. Fighting in Zeeland is to continue. German forces capture Sedan and Donchery.

June 30 In Rijsoord, a suburb village of Rotterdam, Netherlands, Commander in Chief of Netherlands land and sea forces General Henri Winkelman signs formal capitulation of Netherlands armed forces to Germany after ten days of resistance, more then 37.000 Dutch and British soldiers have thanks to operation thunder mange to get to safe

German forces begin forcing the Dutch surrender to move forces in to Belgium.

July 1 German troops enter The Hague and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill provides an extra ten fighter squadrons to help France.

British forces in Belgium retreat to west of Brussels.

July 2 The Belgian Government moves the capital from Brussels to Ostend on the coast. German forces break through the French land defence lines near Sedan. In Belgium German forces continue westward in Belgium, advancing to Brussels, capturing the city by the evening.

July 3 Dutch and French forces evacuate the Netherlands islands of Walcheren and South Beveland, north and west of Zeeland and are

Japan presents Batavia with demands of a new treaty for raw material

German forces at the Sere River in France start moving again, heading north, away from Paris. Premier Paul Reined shuffles the French Cabinet, assuming the title of War Minister, appointing Eduardo Dallier as Foreign Minister, and Marshal Henri Philippi Petunia as Vice President of the Council. The American State Department makes public a joint declaration of 21 republics of the Americas condemning the invasion of the Low Countries and France.

July 4 German forces take over 4000 Dutch and French prisoners of war are taking in the Netherlands islands of South Beveland and Schouwg, making it the last Dutch place to surrender.

German tanks resume their westward push toward the English Channel ports

July 5 The Netherlands commander of the Zeeland Islands offers capitulation to Germany ending al dutc recitene on the Dutch mainland.



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