The Fall of Eben Emael: Belgium 1940 (Raid)

In early could 1940, the castle of Eben Emael was once a effective sentinel over the Belgian-Dutch borderlands. A ferro-concrete monster in-built the Thirties at the Albert Canal, the fort coated seventy five hectares at the floor, had 5km of tunnels underground and was once studded with bunkers, gun turrets and casemates. upload a garrison of 1,200 males and the ordinary safeguard of 60m-high canal partitions, and Eben Emael gave the look of near-impregnability.

Yet on 10 may perhaps, within the first actual hours of Hitler's crusade in Western Europe, simply seventy eight elite airborne squaddies controlled to defeat this fort in an operation of unparalleled tactical ability. Deployed by way of glider onto the very best of the fortifications, they applied elite education, quick move and professional explosives to smash a number of the gun positions and catch a lot of the garrison in the citadel. concurrently, 3 different attack detachments performed high-risk glider operations to seize serious bridges over the Albert Canal. by way of the top of eleven may possibly, following the arriving of German infantry reinforcements, Eben Emael used to be in German hands.

This Eben Emael RAID identify tells the whole, interesting tale of this special motion. It units the raid totally in context, explaining the improvement, education, talents and weaponry of Hitler's new Fallschirmjäger arm. It additionally describes intimately the actual constitution and tactical demanding situations of the Eben Emael castle, and provides a blow-by-blow account of ways the operation spread out from the 1st second the German gliders lifted into the air till the final Belgian defender surrendered.

The textual content, together with first-hand debts of the conflict, is delivered to existence via color artistic endeavors, which supply transparent photograph representation of the conflict website and dramatic depictions of key moments within the conflict. a few 50 photos contain either robust archive photographs and pictures from round the web site this day. All parts mixed, this name kinds an authoritative consultant to this landmark airborne raid.

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Three) E. Bloc 2 (Obj. four) F. Bloc four (Obj. 30) G. Bloc five (Obj. 22) H. Bloc 6 (Obj. 6) I. Canal Nord (Obj. 17) J. Canal Sud (Obj. 38) ok. Caserne souterraine L. Command put up M. Coupole one hundred twenty (Obj. 24) LANAYE LOCK N. Coupole Nord (Obj. 31) J O. Coupole Sud (Obj. 22) P. fake cupola (Obj. 14) Q. fake cupola (Obj. sixteen) R. fake cupola (Obj. 32) R S. Maastricht 1 (Obj. 12) T. Maastricht 2 and EBEN three (Obj. 18) C U. Mi-Nord and EBEN 2 (Obj. 19) V. Mi-Sud (Obj. thirteen) W. MICA anti-aircraft place X. air flow shaft Y. Visé 1 (Obj. 26) Z. Visé 2 (Obj. nine) STURMGRUPPE ‘GRANIT’ pursuits via TRUPP 1 eleven Trupp Trupp chief basic objective(s) 1. Trupp 1 Feldwebel Hans Niedermeier Maastricht 2 and EBEN three Secondary objective(s) Maastricht 1 2. Trupp 2 (flight aborted) Oberjäger Max Maier Coupole one hundred twenty MICA anti-aircraft place; Visé 1 three. Trupp three Oberjäger Peter Arendt Maastricht 1 Bloc 2; air flow shaft four. Trupp four Oberfeldwebel Helmut Wenzel Mi-Nord and EBEN 2 Mi-Sud five. Trupp five Feldwebel Erwin Haug MICA anti-aircraft place Coupole Sud 6. Trupp 6 Oberjäger Siegfried Harlos fake cupola (Obj. 14) Canal Nord 7. Trupp 7 Oberjäger Fritz Heinemann fake cupola (Obj. sixteen) fake cupola (Obj. 14) eight. Trupp eight Oberjäger Otto Unger Coupole Nord Bloc four; Coupole a hundred and twenty nine. Trupp nine Oberjäger Ewald Neuhaus Mi-Sud Mi-Nord and EBEN 2 10. Trupp 10 Oberjäger Willi Hübel Visé 1 Coupole a hundred and twenty eleven. Trupp eleven Oberjäger Fritz Schwarz Reserve Reserve forty seven © Osprey Publishing • www. ospreypublishing. com The Fall of Eben Emael – Belgium 1940 German troops give some thought to a demolished bridge over the river Maas at Maastricht. Dutch and Belgian efforts to stop the German boost by way of demolishing bridges failed, and the Fallschirmjäger’s catch of bridges over the Meuse aided the German Army’s push in the direction of northern France. (Cody pictures) The paras up this explosive attack with extra demolition and formed fees, with terrible results on these contained in the place. ultimately the defenders well-known the impossibility in their scenario, and shrank down contained in the castle, sealing off the hall at the back of them. Maastricht 1 and Maastricht 2 The attackers destined to attack Maastricht 1 and a couple of have been confronted with emplacements that, before everything look, have been way past the concrete-cracking powers of only a handful of guys. The Maastricht 1 staff used to be headed by way of Oberjäger Arendt, who used to be followed by way of the six others who made up Trupp three. contained in the place have been 7–10 Belgian defenders, led via Maréchal des logis Gigon. Trupp 3’s glider had a a bit tough method of Eben Emael, because it used to be compelled to make 3 circuits ahead of eventually touching down. by the point the plane stopped sliding around the rainy castle grass, notwithstanding, the boys have been inside of 25m in their meant target. Arendt and his males have been quickly swarming round the place, searching for the simplest position to place their fees to blow their means inside of. firstly, the boys tried to emplace one of many 50kg fees opposed to the outside of the location, yet this proved to be most unlikely.

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