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14th May 1940

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German forces having recaptured Rotterdam, Netherlands high command. Ordered that fighting should cease, except in island province of Zeeland.

By order of Netherlands high command, Dutch army on the mainland surrendered, large numbers of German troops, having crossed Moerdyk Bridge and retaken Rotterdam. Fighting continued in island province of Zeeland.

Battle of the Meuse continued along the hundred and 20 mile front. German columns which had broken through defences at Maastricht, spread fan wise behind them. Southeast of Tirlement French armoured columns held up German panzers.

South Liege attacks of great severity were made in sector between Namur and Givet, in that of Sedan, and also between Longwy and Montmedy. Sedan had been evacuated.

Dutch government removed to London.

The British War office announced that Allied forces had made successful landing at Bjerkvik, 7 miles north of Narvik.

Volunteer anti-parachute defence Force initiated in Britain.

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