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The assault against the position of the Albert Canal - May of 1940.
3. Fall Gelb - May 1940.
3.1. Airborne assault.
Assault to Eben Emael (last part).
Detachments No. 6 and No. 7 went to work 15 and 16 but the men of Uffz Harlos and Heinemann were deceived because they were only tin models.
The work 25 was an old housing barrack, but still offered more resistance than the armored domes and there fell the first attackers. About 10 minutes after landing and 10 works have already been captured or destroyed.
Major Jotrand tried to guess what was the power of the enemy, he assumed that can not be many but never crossed his mind that are only 70 (two gliders did not achieve the objective), he asked the other forts shot on Eben Emael and reinforcements to counterattack. The assailants must now defend itself from enemy fire and took refuge in the fortifications partially destroyed.
At 08:30 hours a lonely glider floats over and lands on Eben Emael, it was the Witzig’s glider, he had got another Ju-52 and finally reached the fort. The men of Uffz Brendenbeck (Detachment No. 2) came later but were unable to land close by hostile fire.
Wenzel recalled: A group which had not been able to land came on foot from the direction of Düren, I was at the top of the fortress and could not distinguish the uniform, my gunner asked me: shall I shoot?. But I took his hand and said: if the boy is so brave let him approach... and he out to be our sapper Meier.
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Eijsden, dorp onder vuur. Frans Roebroeks. Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg.
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Cheers. Raúl M