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1940 Dutch Army maneuvers

Italian Newsreel. No. 9. April 9, 1940. In the Netherlands nearly all the material conditions were present for a successful defence: a dense population, wealthy, young, disciplined and well-educated; a geography favouring the defender and a strong technological and industrial basis including a not-inconsiderable armaments industry. However, these had not been exploited: while the Wehrmacht at the time still had many shortcomings in equipment and training, compared to the Dutch army, one could say that it was David and Goliath. The myth of the German equipment advantage over the opposing armies in the Battle of France was in fact a reality in the case of the battle of the Netherlands. On the one hand there was the, in comparison, hypermodern German army, with tanks, dive bombers (such as the Stuka) and submachine guns and on the other hand the Dutch army, with for armoured forces only one

Added: Aug-27-2012 
By: Nazel_Hut
Weapons, History
Tags: nazis, ww2
Location: Netherlands (load item map)
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