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German coastal defence in the Netherlands - Rudi Rolf

It took the Germans only four days to bring the defending Dutch forces to an armistice. In May, 1940, when France was still fighting in Belgium and the Southern Dutch provinces, the German High Command organised its enduring stay in the Netherlands. Holland received a German civil government controlling the Dutch state and a military commander responsible for the greater part of the country. This Wehrmachtsbefehlshaber in den Niederlanden (WBN) initially had a territory from the isle Schiermonnikoog in the north, to the Westerschelde, the southern arm of the Scheldt estuary. To the northwest, the WBN had the commander of the German Bight prorgramme as its neighbour, and to the south, the 15th Army,  which controlled northern France and Belgium. In 1942, the border lines changed.


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