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13th May 1940

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Dutch forces after delaying Germans at Yssel River 48 hours, withdrew to flooded zone.

German columns enter undefended provinces of Groningen and Friesland. In the South, German forces reached Langsraat, in province, of Brabant, and then the Moerdyk Bridge, main link between north and south Holland.

Belgian armies on the Meuse and Albert Canal, after heroic resistance, fell back on second line of defence. British and French troops rushing to support them.

Great mechanised battle taking place near St Trond between French armoured columns and German columns advancing from Maastricht, Hasselt and Tongres. It was stated that 1500 to 2000 tanks, engaged.

One Liege fort reported fallen.

German forces brought heavy pressure to bear on Longwy, but was repulsed.

Dutch royal family arrived in London.

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The Second Great War.
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2194 Days Of War.
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