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Fort Eben Emael

The Key to Hitlers Victory in the West (Fortress)

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        StatementOsprey Publishing
        PublishersOsprey Publishing
        LC ClassificationsMay 8, 2005
        The Physical Object
        Paginationxvi, 57 p. :
        Number of Pages85
        ID Numbers
        ISBN 101841768219

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This daring landing took months to perfect. There were also three dummy 120 mm turrets. The guided tour through Belgium's biggest fortress gives you a very good idea of the kind of fortress, but the individual history of the fortress makes the visit even more interesting.

The element of surprise can enable even a tiny force to beat a large one. The gliders had been secretly moved west in furniture vans to heavily guarded hangars at the departure airfields, near Cologne. The outer circle had four forts. They attacked with flamethrowers, a 2. Training was intense and began in November 1939, six months in advance. By the end of May Fort Eben Emael and French forces would be forced to evacuate the Continent at Dunkirk.

This was the first glider-bourne attack in history.

Rudolf Witzig: Commander of the Eben Emael Fortress Attack

von der Ruhr is buried at the Dutch Fort Eben Emael at Ys selsteyn. They would land at their targets Fort Eben Emael minutes before the army stormed across the Dutch-Belgian frontier. Taking Out Cupole Nord The 71 German paratroopers fanned out as they landed and rapidly went about their business, now under command of Sergeant Helmut Wenzel. Even today, when touring the fort, guides are very careful to keep the groups together so no one gets lost in the long passageways.

Flamethrowers were used to drive the Belgian soldiers out of the casemates. History In order to understand the construction of the fort we need to look back to the 19th century and more specifically, to the year 1871.

It possessed walls and roofs composed of 5 feet 1. The fort has two levels: Level 0: the ground floor 45 m below the superstructure with the barracks which could house up to 1200 soldiers. The 7th Air Division, comprising three parachute regiments and one infantry regiment, was tasked with capturing river and canal bridges that led to the Dutch defensive positions centered aroundas well as an airfield at.

The capture of Eben-Emael involved the first utilization of gliders for the initial attack and the first use of hollow charge devices in war. On their way to the fort they had suffered heavily under bombing.

The airborne troops suffered heavy casualties during the operation, but succeeded in holding the bridges until the arrival of German ground forces, who then aided the airborne troops in assaulting the fortress a second time and forcing the surrender of the remaining members of the garrison.

While gliders had not yet been used in warfare, they seemed a good choice for a surprise assault on Eben-Emael—the motorless aircraft were silent and could actually land right atop the fortress.