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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 Pages64
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        ISBN 101841768219

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Preliminary orders were received on 9 May, ordering the separated detachments to move to a pre-arranged concentration area, and shortly afterwards a second order arrived, informing the assault force that Fall Gelb was to begin at 05:25 on 10 May.

Belgian Fort Eben Emael did not call for the garrison of the fort and the attached defending forces to fight a sustained battle against an attacking force; it was assumed that sufficient warning of an attack would be given so that the detachment on the eastern side of the canal could be withdrawn, the bridges destroyed and the garrison ready to fight a delaying action. It housed a 60 mm gun and machine guns.

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The explosion was felt everywhere in the fort. Six outside artillery observation posts were linked to the fort, covering the most Fort Eben Emael enemy approaches. Hitler, who had conceived of this complex assault, had another secret weapon up his sleeve. The shape of the fort is an isosceles triangle. But the Belgians were startled by these strange, silent apparitions emerging from the darkness. These paratroopers were about to attack what was considered Fort Eben Emael most impregnable fortress in Europe—a mission that was regarded as nothing short of suicidal.

the next day, May 11, advance elements of the German army reached the fort. The new Belgian forts, while more conservative in design than the French ouvrages, included several new features as a result of World War I experience. The first paratrooper in the stick parachute did not open and he was killed upon impact with a pole on the ground.

The Belgians retreated down to the intermediate level and prepared to counterattack, but Arent dropped a bundle of hand grenades down the elevator, forcing the Belgians to seal off the lower entrance with the steel beams and sand bags.

After the guided tour, you've got all the time you want to continue your exploration of the underground barracks, buy some books about the fortress, or even take a look at the upper part of the fortress! Constant Belgian attacks meant that Group Concrete were not withdrawn and relieved by an infantry battalion until 21:40.

They also used a flamethrower against machine guns.

Fort Eben

Despite its relative obscurity, the classic airborne invasion and capture of Fort Eben-Emael in May 1940 is still used today at West Point and other military colleges as a classic textbook example of the effectiveness of airborne operations. However, the soldiers within were firing their rifles at the attacking Germans. The Army turned to modernization, reorganization and fortification efforts, building advanced defence systems on its border with Germany.

Nevertheless, the action was deemed extremely successful Fort Eben Emael the high command and Hitler himself. Primitive unlined were affixed to the turrets and detonated, but whilst they shook the turrets they did not destroy them, and other airborne troops were forced to climb the turrets and smash the gun barrels.