The German Invasion of the Netherlands – May 1940 in Pictures

Joris Nieuwint
 
A German Panzer III in the streets of Maastricht.
 
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In the morning of May 10th 1940 the German Army invaded the Netherlands. Below are a set of pictures that were taken by the accompanying war photographers. We do not try and paint a complete picture of the fighting, it’s a lose collection of images relating to the battle.

All images courtesy of the Bundesarchiv / Wikimedia commons.

Maastricht

Maastricht, in the extreme South of the Netherlands was attacked in the early morning of May 10th 1940.

German troops take cover on road parallel to the Maas river. In the background a destroyed bridge can bee seen. It was demolished by the Dutch army to deny it's use to the Germans
German troops take cover on road parallel to the Maas river. In the background a destroyed bridge can bee seen. It was demolished by the Dutch army to deny it’s use to the Germans
German Engineers build a temporary bridge at Maastricht.
German Engineers build a temporary bridge at Maastricht.
A German tank in front of an anti-tank obstacle.
A German tank (Pzkfz III) in front of an anti-tank obstacle.
A German Panzer III in the streets of Maastricht.
A German Tank (Pzkfz III) in the streets of Maastricht.
German troups and equipment in the streets of  Maastricht.
German troops and equipment in the streets of Maastricht.
German troops on the march in Maastricht.
German troops on the march in Maastricht.