The battle of fort eben emael was a battle between belgian and german forces that took place between 10 may and 11 may 1940 and was part of the battle of belgium and fall gelb the german invasion of the low countries and france. Eben emael bristled with artillery was manned around the clock by rotating shifts of troops and was thought to be impregnable while gliders had not yet been used in warfare they seemed a good choice for a surprise assault on eben emael the motorless aircraft were silent and could actually land right atop the fortress. In 1940 fort eben emael was commanded by major jottrand there were around 1200 belgian troops stationed at the fort divided into three groups the first group was permanently stationed at the fort and consisted of 200 technical personnel eg doctors cooks weapon maintenance technicians administration staff. Looking for the most in depth look at the battle of fort eben emael using animations and detailed maps lets find out what happened on may 10th 1940 gliders of sturmgruppe granit land on the . Fort eben emael was a greatly enlarged development of the original belgian fortifications designed by general henri alexis brialmont before world war i even in its larger form the fort comprised a relatively compact ensemble of gun turrets and observation posts surrounded by a defended ditch
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