Holland 1940

Holland 1940

The Luftwaffe's first setback in the West

Air Campaign 23
  • Author: Ryan K. Noppen
  • Illustrator: Adam Tooby
  • Short code: ACM 23
  • Publication Date: 16 Sep 2021
  • ISBN: 9781472846693
  • Format: eBook (ePub)
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The German invasion of the Netherlands was meant to be a lightning-fast surgical strike, aimed at shoring up the right flank of the assault on France and Belgium. With a bold plan based largely on Luftwaffe air power, air-landing troops, and the biggest airborne assault yet seen, a Dutch surrender was expected within 24 hours.

But the Netherlands possessed Europe's first fully integrated anti-aircraft network, as well as modern and competitive aircraft. On 10 May, the German attack was only partly successful, and the Dutch fought on for another four days. On the fifth day, with its original strategy having largely failed, the Luftwaffe resorted to terror-bombing Rotterdam to force a surrender.

Explaining the technical capabilities and campaign plans of the two sides, and charting how the battles were fought, this fascinating book reassesses this little-known part of World War II. Author Ryan K. Noppen argues that while the Holland campaign was a tactical victory for Germany, the ability of the well-prepared but outnumbered Dutch to inflict heavy losses was a warning of what would come in the Battle of Britain.

Biographical Note

Ryan K. Noppen is a military author and consultant originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan and holds a Master of Arts degree in European History from Purdue University. He has worked as a naval and aviation subject matter expert on projects for the US Navy, taught college courses in military history, and has served as the headmaster of a Classical grammar school. A scholar of Dutch, German, and Central European military history, he has published a major history of Dutch air power and has written several titles for Osprey. He lives in California, USA.

Contents

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INTRODUCTION
The Dutch defences
Fallschirmjäger and Luftlande troops
ATTACKER'S CAPABILITIES
Luftflotte 2 in the Holland operation
Fighter cover for airborne operations
Strike capabilities
The transports
ORDERS OF BATTLE - MAY 10, 1940
DEFENDER'S CAPABILITIES
The Dutch defences
Dutch military aircraft in the 1930s
ORDER OF BATTLE, MAY 10, 1040
CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES
Unternehmen F
THE CAMPAIGN
Five costly days
Operations on 10 May 1940
Attack on Schiphol
Attack on Bergen
Attack on De Kooy
Luftwaffe airborne operations within the Vesting Holland
Operations on May 11-14, 1940
ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSION
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX


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