Thursday, May 10, 2012

Germany invades Holland

Heavy German artillery (Mörsers) probably near Ede, 14-16 May 1940. The signpost on the right shows Arnhem (left) and Amersfoort / Utrecht (right) (source). 


On the morning of May 10th, 1940 the Dutch awoke to the sound of aircraft engines roaring in the sky. Germany had commenced operation Fall Gelb and attacked the NetherlandsBelgiumFrance and Luxembourg, in the case of the Low Countries without a declaration of war given before hostilities.

Luckily times have changed; we are now good neighbors and we can make jokes about each other:
stuffdutchpeoplelike.com/2011/12/12/jokes-about-germans.

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8 comments:

  1. Very impressive photo indeed!

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  2. I don't know. I met an older Dutchman in England a few years ago. Every time he heard someone speaking German or saw a German license plate on a car, he'd get visibly mad, curse (in Dutch), and spit on the ground.

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  3. Apeldoomseweg before Ede...

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  4. Rob,

    I remember the fear, some joking, some not, when East and West Germany reunified. Turns out there was little to be afraid of, but the wider reunification of Europe has had a few unforeseen issues!

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    1. Without the reunification Europe would be in an even bigger mess today... Which is a bit poignant since the implementation of the Euro was one of the conditions to allow the Germans to reunify.

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  5. @ Jonathan - Germany is however not a unified country, because still there are sovereign states (100% German-speaking) outside Germany: Austria and Liechtenstein. Besides, German-speaking is Southern Tyrol and the biggest part of Switzerland.

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    1. I guess every country has minorities living across the borders in neighbouring states. Hungary is a prime example.

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  6. I'm aware that Austria and other places are Germanic -- however, I wasn't stating or implying anything beyond the fact that the former countries known as East and West Germany reunified.

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