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On that day, Winston Churchill visited the front and pressed for the French and British Armies to break out from the north-east. Belgian soldiers fought rearguard actions while other Belgian units already on the Dyle line worked tirelessly to organise better defensive positions in the Leuven–Antwerp gap. [68] The regiment had blocked the roads and, against the odds, prevented French reinforcements reaching the Belgian–Franco-Luxembourg border, but it also destroyed Belgian telephone communications. Belgian Fairey Battles of 5/III/3 escorted by six Gloster Gladiators attacked the Albert Canal bridges. The Dutch Army withdrew north to Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The figures for the Battle of Belgium, 10–28 May 1940, cannot be known with any certainty. [132] In response to the advice of his government to set up a government-in-exile Leopold said, "I have decided to stay. The unit is named after the Ardennes region of Belgium, in which it is based, and was created in the period between the two world wars, for the specific purpose of protecting the east of the country against a possible German attack. The combat power of the French 2e DLM managed to defeat the German defences guarding the pockets and freeing the trapped units. US Soldier vs Afrikakorps Soldier: … [88] The Prioux Cavalry Corps was equal to a German Panzer Corps and was to occupy a screening line on the Tirlemont–Hannut–Huy axis. While the German Army Group A advanced through the Belgian Ardennes, Army Group B's 6th Army launched an offensive operation toward the Gembloux gap. « Les monologues intérieurs des personnages finissent par se confondre, pour ne former qu'une seule voix. Most of the Belgian merchant fleet, some 100 ships, evaded capture by the Germans. [44] The 3e DLM contained 90 S35s and some 140 H35s alone. Belgium, for centuries a major center of small arms production, also boasted the Cockerill and FRC ordnance foundries. [76] The Luftwaffe had given priority to attacking the French 7th Army's spearhead into the Netherlands as it threatened the Moerdijk bridgehead. [50] The battle also included the Battle of Fort Eben-Emael, the first strategic airborne operation using paratroopers ever attempted. Meanwhile, 114 Squadron lost six Blenheims destroyed when Dornier Do 17s of Kampfgeschwader 2 bombed their airfield at Vraux. In terms of tanks that were capable of engaging and surviving a tank-vs-tank action, the Germans possessed just 73 Panzer IIIs and 52 Panzer IVs. The three bridges over the canal were the key to allowing Army Group B a high operational tempo. From the German perspective, the operation hindered rather than helped Heinz Guderian's Panzer Corps. Between 1915 and 1918 the army had an average strength of 137,000. It was felt it would save more Belgian territory, in particular the eastern industrial regions. [45], After holding onto the Albert Canal's west bank for nearly 36 hours, the 4th and 7th Belgian infantry divisions withdrew. King Leopold and General Raoul Van Overstraeten, the King's Aide de Camp, warned Gamelin and the French Army Command of their concerns on 8 March and 14 April. The offensive, carried out by 125 volunteers of the 34th Infantry Division under the command of Wenner Hedderich, achieved their missions by flying to their objectives using Fieseler Fi 156 Störche. However, the Belgian combat vehicles included 200 T-13 tank destroyers. (map of French dispositions is available in Keegan's book), Last edited on 21 December 2020, at 08:57, German invasion of France and the Low Countries, attempted to halt the German Army in Belgium, Order of battle of armour units of the Belgian Army in May 1940, British Expeditionary Force order of battle (1940), German occupation of Belgium during World War II, List of Belgian military equipment of World War II, List of French military equipment of World War II, List of British military equipment of World War II, List of German military equipment of World War II, Belgian American Educational Foundation 1941, Belgium, Ministère des Affaires Étrangères 1941, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Battle_of_Belgium&oldid=995490331, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. German formations pursued the enemy to Gembloux. The French, however, failed to pursue the fleeing German units, stopping at a dummy barrier. [111] Leopold did not expect the BEF to jeopardize its own position in order to keep contact with the Belgian Army, but he warned the British that if it persisted with the southern offensive the Belgians would be overstretched and their army would collapse. [44], The French 7th Army was assigned to protect the northernmost part of the Allied front. The Belgian Army consisted of 22 divisions, the French provided 104, the British provided 10, and the Dutch 8 divisions. [107] The Belgians successfully defended the northern part of the city, delaying the German infantry forces while starting to withdraw from Antwerp on 16 May. Under the circumstances, both divisions withdrew. As far as the Belgians were concerned, it had accomplished the only independent mission assigned to it: to hold the Liège–Albert Canal line long enough for the Allied units to reach friendly forces occupying the Namur–Antwerp–Givet line. Its first task was the elimination of the Belgian air contingent. Johannes Erwin Eugen Rommel (15 November 1891 – 14 October 1944) was a German general and military theorist. Fliegerkorps, was noted by Generalmajor Wilhelm Speidel. The 9th Army was allocated infantry divisions, with the exception of the 5th Motorised Infantry Division (5e DIM). 6th Dutch Hussars. [88], Hoepner's Panzer Corps and Prioux' Cavalry clashed head-on near Hannut, Belgium, on 12 May. [111] The will of the CIGS won out. They feared that the Dyle plan would put not just the Belgian strategic position in danger, but also the entire left wing of the Allied front. 1,2,3 2nd Nassau. After 18 days of intense fighting, Belgium’s armed forces surrendered and Germany formally occupied the country. [42], The AéMI was commanded by Paul Hiernaux, who had received his pilot's license just before the outbreak of World War I, and had risen to the position of Commander-in-Chief in 1938. By the end of 10 May, the official German figures indicate claims for 30 Belgian aircraft destroyed on the ground, and 14 (plus the two RAF bombers) in the air for 10 losses. These had an excellent 47 mm antitank gun and a coaxial FN30 machine gun in a turret. [72] On the morning of 11 May ten Ju 87s of StG 2 were shot down attacking Belgian forces in the Namur–Dinant gap, despite the presence of two Jagdgeschwader—27 and 51. The Corps was given the 2nd Light Mechanized Division (2e Division Légère Mécanique, or 2e DLM) and the 3rd Light Mechanized Division (3e DLM), which were allocated to defend the Gembloux gap. In light of the withdrawal to the main defensive line, which was now being supported by the British and French Armies, King Leopold issued the following proclamation to improve morale after the defeats at the Albert Canal: The Belgian Army, brutally assailed by an unparalleled surprise attack, grappling with forces that are better equipped and have the advantage of a formidable air force, has for three days carried out difficult operations, the success of which is of the utmost importance to the general conduct of the battle and to the result of war. Dutch RHA. Fliegerkorps with 550 (420 serviceable) aircraft. 74 sorties had been flown by the Allies since 10 May. Either north or south of Leie could help restore the situation. [28] After the English Channel was reached, all Panzer division units and most motorised infantry were removed from Army Group B and given to Army Group A, to strengthen the German lines of communication and to prevent an Allied breakout. The Belgians had correctly predicted the Germans would attempt a Kesselschlacht (literally "Cauldron battle", meaning encirclement), to destroy its enemies. [61] The victory claims are likely an undercount. Instead of the limited Allied advance to the Scheldt, or meeting the Germans on the Franco-Belgian border, the move to the Dyle river would reduce the Allied front in central Belgium by 70 kilometres (43 mi), freeing more forces for use as a strategic reserve. [21] Such a move would leave the Belgians vulnerable to a German assault in their rear, through an attack on the Netherlands. The Belgian Army also had the added benefit of the French 1st Army, advancing toward Gembloux and Hannut, on the southern flank of the BEF and covering the Sambre sector. Militarily it would put the Allied rear at right angles to the French frontier defences; while for the British, their communications located at the Bay of Biscay ports, would be parallel to their front. The eastern front remained intact, but the Belgians now occupied their last fortified position at Leie. [123] The remnants of the Afrika Korps and surviving units of the 1st Italian Army retreated into Tunisia. As it did so the Belgian 10th Infantry Division, occupying the position, mistook them for German parachutists and fired on them. Belgian intelligence and the military attaché in Cologne correctly suggested the Germans would not commence the invasion with this plan. No natural obstacles remained between the Belgians and the German Army; retreat was not feasible. Leopold III, and his mother Queen Mother Elisabeth, stayed in Belgium to endure five years of self-imposed captivity. Churchill dispatched the following message to Gort: 1. The elements drawn from the 7th Air Division and the 22nd Airlanding Division, that were to take part in the attack on Fort Eben-Emael, were named Sturmabteilung Koch (Assault Detachment Koch); named after the commanding officer of the group, Hauptmann Walter Koch. [118], Such an order ignored the fact that the Belgian Army could not withdraw to the Yser, and there was little chance of any Belgian Cavalry joining in the attack. [94], The following day, 13 May, the French were undone by their poor tactical deployment. Army Group B would continue its own offensive to force the collapse of the Meuse front. The 9th Panzer Division was attached to the 18th Army which, after the Battle of the Netherlands, would support the push into Belgium alongside the 18th Army and cover its northern flank. [92] The Belgian III Corps, retreating from Liege, offered to support the French front held by the 3e DLM. (b) Withdrawal to the Antwerp–Namur position. [59] Fisser's KG 77 destroyed the AéMI main bases, with help from KG 54. [130], The Belgian Army was stretched from Cadzand south to Menen on the river Leie, and west, from Menin, to Bruges without any sort of reserves. [110] The main effort had to be made by the French to the south. When World War I began, Germany invaded neutral Belgium and Luxembourg as part of the Schlieffen Plan, in an attempt to capture Paris quickly by catching the French off guard by invading through neutral countries. The French would then be in a position to protect the left flank of the Belgian Army forces protecting Antwerp and threaten the German northern flank. Belgium was occupied by the Germans until the autumn of 1944, when it was liberated by the Western Allies. The Allies had known, and admitted it privately on 25 May through contact with the Belgians, that the latter were on the verge of collapse. [30] The roofs were flat and unprotected; he demanded to know if a glider, such as the DFS 230, could land on them. As such, he did not play an active role in the invasion of Poland, although he witnessed the war there. Marshal Philippe Pétain had suggested a French strike at Germany's Ruhr area using Belgium as a spring-board in October 1930 and again in January 1933. Belgian soldiers washed ashore in The Netherlands, May 1940: Westkapelle: 1 man The names of 1793 of the 6000 Belgian soldiers who died in May 1940 are recorded on De gesneuvelden van Mei '40-pages. They dispatched General Ironside to inform Gort of their decision and to order him to conduct an offensive to the south-west "through all opposition" to reach the "main French forces" in the south [the strongest French forces were actually in the north]. One account speaks of a German Panzer commander attempting to climb on a Hotchkiss H-35 with a hammer, presumably to smash the machine's periscopes, but falling off and being crushed by the tank's tracks. However, on 27 May, the central front collapsed in the Iseghem–Thelt sector. The Belgian Army had been forced from the Leie line on 26 May, and Nevele, Vynckt, Tielt and Iseghem had fallen on the western and central part of the Leie front. The Bataillon de Chasseurs Ardennais (English: Ardennes Chasseur Battalion) is an infantry formation in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces.The unit, currently at battalion strength, is a part of the Motorized Brigade.. Further south, in France, was the French 2nd Army, protecting the Franco-Belgian border between Sedan and Montmédy. [17] He outlined three main military points for Belgium's increased rearmament: a) German rearmament, following upon the complete re-militarisation of Italy and Russia (the Soviet Union), caused most other states, even those that were deliberately pacifistic, like Switzerland and the Netherlands, to take exceptional precautions. [12], The British, with no army in the field and behind in rearmament, was in no position to challenge French strategy, which had assumed the prominent role of the Western Alliance. The casualty reports include total losses at this point in the campaign. Using such axes of retreat was impossible without losses owing to German air supremacy (as opposed to air superiority). The RAF Advanced Air Striking Force, which included the largest Allied bomber force, was reduced to 72 aircraft out of 135 by 12 May. [59], In aerial combat the battles were also one-sided. Having the boardgame-style abstractions (the Tactics) in a game at this level is odd and probably the main reason why people are critical of it. Preventing this from happening were the defences of Fort Eben-Emael and the Albert Canal. [133][134], Churchill's and the British response was officially restrained. [108] This left the 9th Panzer Division attached to the Eighteenth Army as the only armoured unit on the Belgian front. [102][103] The Belgians were reluctant to abandon Brussels and Leuven, especially as the Dyle line had withstood German pressure well. The original plan called for the use of Junkers Ju 52 transport aircraft, but the short landing capability of the Fi 156 (27 metres) saw 200 of these aircraft used in the assault. [16] Significant manpower reserves were also needed, but a bill made for the provision of longer military service and training for the army was rejected by the public on the basis that it would increase Belgium's military commitments as well as the request of the Allies to engage in conflicts far from home.[17]. Of this number around 78 were fighters and 40 were bombers. Montgomery dispatched several units of the 3rd Infantry Division (including the heavy infantry of the 1st and 7th Middlesex battalions and the 99th Battery, 20th Anti-Tank Regiment), as an improvised defence. [117] The Belgian I Corps, with only two incomplete divisions, had been heavily engaged in the fighting and their line was wearing thin. In the critical days that are ahead of us, you will summon up all your energies, you will make every sacrifice, to stem the invasion. Belgian soldiers in a trench, circa 1940. A series of air battles were fought with JG 1, 2, 26, 27 and 3. Erwin Rommel has the entire Military capacity of 1944's America, Germany, USSR, Italy, and the Uk, He has to defeat 5,000 WH40k Space Marines. Belgium went to war with 200,000 men out of a male population of 3,680,790. The city fell on 18/19 May after considerable Belgian resistance. At Nivelles airfield, 13 CR42s were destroyed. He was concerned that the French 1st Army on its southern flank had been reduced to a disorganized mass of "fag-ends", fearing that German armour might appear on their right flank at Arras or Péronne, striking for the channel ports at Calais or Boulogne or north west into the British flank. [6][7] The lack of opposition to the remilitarisation served to convince the Belgians that France and Britain were unwilling to fight for their own strategic interests, let alone Belgium's. The Belgians refused to yield but Montgomery claimed to have got his way by placing himself under the command of the Belgian forces, knowing that when the Germans came within artillery range the Belgians would withdraw. [85], On the morning of 12 May, in response to Belgian pressure and necessity, the Royal Air Force and the Armée de l'Air undertook several air attacks on the German-held Maastricht and Meuse bridges to prevent German forces flowing into Belgium. German losses had been heavy at Hannut and Gembloux. The French 1st Army had also taken a battering and despite winning several tactical defensive victories it was forced to retreat on 15 May owing to developments elsewhere, leaving its tanks on the battlefield, while the Germans were free to recover theirs. [30], Hitler had noticed one potential flaw in the defences. [135] The French and Belgian ministers had referred to Leopold's actions as treacherous, but they were unaware of the true events: Leopold had not signed an agreement with Hitler in order to form a collaborative government, but an unconditional surrender as Commander-in-Chief of the Belgian Armed Forces.[136]. I., II., III., IV. King Leopold III made a speech on 14 October 1936 in front of the Council of Ministers, in an attempt to persuade the people (and its Government) that the defences needed strengthening. Imperium of Man has 5,000 Space Marines, 30,000 Imperial Guard (Cadian) 200 LemanRuss Tanks and 300 Thunderbolt Heavy fighters. Recriminations abounded with the British and French claiming the Belgians had betrayed the alliance. The image of Rommel … It was hoped to field two armies of two Corps each, but this scale of mobilisation never took place. The R35 was equal or superior to the Panzer I and Panzer IIs in armament terms. Belgian portable army radio.jpg 396 × 294; 132 KB. [98], Hoepner now pursued the retreating French. [24], The Belgians suspected a ruse, but the plans were taken seriously. On 10 May 1940, Germany invaded Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Belgium under the operational plan Fall Gelb (Case Yellow). [132], The Royal Navy evacuated General Headquarters at Middelkerke and Sint-Andries, east of Bruges, during the night. [92] The result of the first day's battle was: The effect on the German light tanks was catastrophic. Also committed the Dutch Air Force on few, ineffective and costly missions. Mai bis 4. The Luftwaffe had destroyed most of the rail networks to Dunkirk, just three roads were left: Bruges–Torhout–Dixmude, Bruges–Ghistelles–Nieuport and Bruges–Ostend–Nieuport. Gembloux occupied a position in the Belgian plain; it was an unfortified, untrenched space in the main Belgian defensive line. The main defensive position ringing Antwerp would be protected by the Belgians, barely 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the city. The Chasseurs Ardennais further south, on the orders of their commander, withdrew behind the Meuse, destroying some bridges in their wake. Being impatient, he did not wait for his infantry divisions to catch up. When they communicated their intentions to King Leopold and van Overstraten on 24 May, the latter was stunned. [58], The Luftwaffe was to spearhead the aerial battle in the low countries. These Belgian guns were better than the 25 mm and 37 mm guns of respectively the French and the Germans. Such a situation deprived the French any prepared defences in Belgium to forestall an attack, a situation which the French had wanted to avoid as it meant engaging the German Panzer Divisions in a mobile battle. [27], In an agreement with the British and French Armies, the French 7th Army under the command of Henri Giraud was to advance into Belgium, past the Scheldt Estuary in Zeeland if possible, to Breda, in the Netherlands. In the ensuing battle, German infantry overcame the defenders of the I Belgian Corps' 7th Infantry Division in 24 hours. The Belgian surrender came into effect at 04:00 on 28 May. [87] Of 23 aircraft employed, four failed to return. The Allies had more serious grounds for complaint about the Belgian anti-tank defences along the Dyle line, that covered the Namur–Perwez gap which was not protected by any natural obstacles. Nevertheless, the French, setting up new anti-tank screens and Hoepner, lacking infantry support, caused the Germans to attack positions head-on. Fliegerkorps under General der Flieger Generaloberst Alfred Keller. 150 Squadron RAF was lost in another raid. With the exception of a few RAF sorties, the air was exclusively under the control of the Luftwaffe, and the Belgians reported attacks against all targets considered an objective, with resulting casualties. It began life as a regiment and remained so until 2011 when it was reduced to a battalion. [79] [106] This left Hoepner with a chance to mass against one of the French Light Divisions (the 3e DLM) and achieve a breakthrough in that sector. Facilitate the capture of pillboxes and the advance by exerting pressure against the line of pillboxes along the border from the rear. The French had disabled 160 German tanks. RAF losses throughout the entire campaign (10 May – 22 June) amounted to 931 aircraft and 1,526 casualties. [114], At this time, the Belgians and the British concluded that the French were beaten and the Allied Armies in the pocket on the Belgian–Franco border would be destroyed if action was not taken. The advance of the 14th German Army would not leave Ostend available for much longer. [100] Damaged tanks were quickly repaired, but its strength was initially greatly weakened. The 7th Division, with its 2nd and 18th Grenadier Regiments and 2nd Carabineers, struggled to hold their positions and contain the German infantry on the west bank. Numbers for the Battle of Belgium are unknown, but the French suffered the following losses throughout the entire western campaign, 10 May – 22 June: Numbers for the Battle of Belgium are unknown, but the British suffered the following losses throughout the entire campaign, 10 May – 22 June: The consolidated report of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht regarding the operations in the west from 10 May to 4 June (German: Zusammenfassender Bericht des Oberkommandos der Wehrmacht über die Operationen im Westen vom 10. At least 90 were fighters, 12 were bombers and 12 were reconnaissance aircraft. Their bravery inspired the Sabaton song Resist and Bite, from the 2014 album Heroes. This battle was a result of a breakdown in communications and ran contrary to the operational intentions of the Belgian Army. [30], Adolf Hitler summoned Lieutenant-General Kurt Student of the 7. Rommel grabs the MP-40 and stealthfully encircled the Japanese, as they unwittingly arrived to see nothing more than a dead German. They strung their armour out in a thin line between Hannut and Huy, leaving no defence in depth, which was the point of sending the French armour to the Gembloux gap in the first place. [121] A dangerous gap was starting to open between the British and Belgians between Ypres and Menen, which threatened what remained of the Belgian front. Huge collection, amazing choice, 100+ million high quality, affordable RF and RM images. When news of the German breakthrough at Sedan reached Prioux, he withdrew from Gembloux. Case specific loss totals for Belgium only cannot be certain. More conscripts reinforced the ranks during the hostilities (70,000 in total, mainly from the Belgian dias… But overall the bombing had a limited effect. The Belgian Army could muster twenty-two divisions, ... 40 Panzer IIIs, 24 Panzer IVs and 10 command tanks. Henschel Hs 123s of II. [59] The AéMI flew only 146 sorties in the first six days. [72], During the night of 11 May, the British 3rd Infantry Division under the command of General Bernard Law Montgomery, reached its position on the Dyle river at Leuven. After the battle of the Kasserine Pass (a clear victory for Rommel over the Americans), many on Rommel’s staff pointed out that the predictions about the Americans, made by Hitler, the German general staff and his own staff, were true. La seconde bataille d'El-Alamein est un épisode de la guerre du désert durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.Elle se déroule du 23 octobre 1942 au 3 novembre 1942, près d'El-Alamein en Égypte, et oppose la 8 e armée britannique dirigée par Bernard Montgomery au Deutsches Afrika Korps d'Erwin Rommel.Elle se solde par une victoire alliée décisive. No need to register, buy now! *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Belgian Channel ports had offered the German Imperial Navy valuable bases, and such an attack would offer the German Kriegsmarine and the Luftwaffe bases to engage in strategic offensive operations against the United Kingdom in the coming conflict. The Belgian Artillery Corps and its infantry support defeated attacks by the Eighteenth Army's infantry and in a communiqué from London, the British recognized the "Belgian Army has contributed largely toward the success of the defensive battle now being fought. Equally, owing to the Allied fighter presence, the German XIX Corps War Diary states, "Corps no longer has at its disposal its own long-range reconnaissance ... [Reconnaissance squadrons] are no longer in a position to carry out vigorous, extensive reconnaissance, as, owing to casualties, more than half of their aircraft are not now available. Hitler liked Rommel both because of his character and because, unlike many German officers, he was not an aristocrat. The Belgians were determined to hold the border fortifications along the Albert Canal and the Meuse, without withdrawing, until the French Army arrived to support them. As far as he was concerned, the Belgian Army could not conduct offensive operations as it lacked tanks and aircraft; it existed solely for defence. The French 1st and 2nd Armoured Divisions were to be moved behind the French 1st Army to defend its main lines in depth. The cause of the Allies is lost. At one point, at Briedgen, they succeeded in retaking the bridge and blowing it up. [30] Failure to capture the bridges would leave Reichenau's German 6th Army, the southernmost army of Group B, trapped in the Maastricht-Albert Canal enclave and subjected to the fire of Eben-Emael. Messerschmitt Bf 110s from Zerstörergeschwader 26 (ZG 26), and bomber units LG 1, 2 and KG 27 were also involved. On 2 August 1914, the German government demanded that German armies be given free passage through Belgian territory, although this was refus… The Germans were forced to retreat. This force would advance to Breda in the Netherlands. [56] The Allied armies had enacted their Dyle plan on the morning of 10 May, and were approaching the Belgian rear. In the process his forces, along with the Luftwaffe depleted Prioux' Cavalry Corps. Brooke found Overstaeten to be ignorant of the situation and the dispositions of the BEF. New lines of defence were established along the Maastricht–Bois-le-Duc canal, joining the Meuse, Scheldt and the Albert Canal. Although unaware of it, the First Allied army Group and the Belgian Army outnumbered and outgunned Walther von Reichenau's German 6th Army. [6], The Belgians much preferred an alliance with the United Kingdom. Both firms, however, directed the majority of their sales to foreign clients, thus placing the Belgian army in the rather odd situation of obtaining cannons from outside sources. On 12 May, eleven out of eighteen French Breguet 693 bombers were shot down. The German Army (Heer) reached the Channel after five days, encircling the Allied armies. [120], Churchill and Maxime Weygand, who had taken over command from Gamelin, were still determined to break the German line and extricate their forces to the south. By 19 May, the Germans were hours away from reaching the French Channel coast. [113], In the aftermath of this failure, the Belgians were asked to fall back to the Yser river and protect the Allied left flank and rear areas. 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