At the outbreak of Second World War in 1939, the Netherlands declared itself neutral once again as it had done during World War I. Even so, on May 10, 1940, Germany invaded the Netherlands.
The German forces faced little resistance at first, but their advance was eventually slowed by the Dutch Army At the Afsluitdijk, the Grebbeberg, Rotterdam and Dordrecht the Dutch Army offered strong resistance. A German airborne landing at the Hague intended to capture the Dutch royal family and the government, turned into a disaster for the Germans, and about 1,500 of the paratroopers and airlanding troops that had not been killed were captured and shipped to Britain. Additionally about 280 Ju 52 transports were destroyed on the airfields of Ypenburg, Valkenburg and Ockenburg or shot down, with the consequence that the German airborne forces were not available for the planned invasion of Britain.
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