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15th May 1940

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After hard fighting, BEF successfully held severe German attacks. Louvain, in British sector, now evacuated and being subjected to heavy shelling.

Battle of the Meuse raged furiously between Mezieres and Namur German advanced forces crossed river at several points. Near Sedan they drove a salient into French lines during the night of 14-15 May 1940.

Mass attacks by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and French aircraft on advancing German columns, held up enemies advance, while French withdrew to main defensive positions, which are a continuation of the Maginot line.

French announced successful counter-attack in region of Gembloux, on Brussels-Namur Road.

The Hague, Amsterdam and other Dutch cities occupied by Germany.

Dutch Foreign Minister, stated that the Dutch army had lost one quarter of its total of 400,000 men.

The British Admiralty announced that the destroyer HMS Valentine had been damaged by air attacks off the Dutch coast and beached.

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The Second Great War.
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2194 Days Of War.
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