Eighty years on. 11th May 1940

The German advance into the Netherlands continued.  9th Panzer Division crossed the Maas River and at noon found an undefended bridge over Zuid-Willemsvaart canal 50 miles from Rotterdam.  In Rotterdam, German 22nd Flieger Division held bridges along the Nieuwe Maas River.  Dutch Marines attacked but were unable to recapture them.

In Belgium German tanks crossed the Albert Canal using bridges secured by parachute infantry on 10th May.  The Belgians retreated to join the French and British arriving at their planned positions at the River Dyle.  Seven Panzer divisions, from about fifty divisions in total, spearheaded the advance into the Ardennes Forest.

President Roosevelt added the newly belligerent countries to the list of submarines prohibited from using American ports and territorial waters.

British and French troops occupied the Dutch Caribbean possessions of Curaçao and Aruba.

Game day 254. Norway

The USSR taking no action this turn, play passed to Norway.

In the south three infantry battalions attacked the last remaining German battalion.  No looses were inflicted by either side.  Near Narvik six battalions attacked six German battalions.  The Germans lost three to the Norwegians one.

At this rate of attrition Germany was going to need to send reinforcements to capture Norway.

Credits:   Historical information:  http://www.worldwar2daybyday.blogspot.com, Wikipedia, Chronicle of the Second World War (JL International Publications, 1994).  Background image to game maps: Hasbro Ltd.

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General Whiskers

Wargaming butterfly (mainly solo), unpainted model figure amasser, and Historical Re-enactor of the black powder era.

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