It was vital for the German 6th and 18th Armies to get across the River Maas and the Dutch defensive line just beyond it swiftly. The Dutch defensive line – the so-called “Peel Line” – was composed of MG bunkers and artillery casemates fronted by an anti-tank ditch, wire and mines. It was certain to slow the German advance. Before hostilities opened, German Abwehr troops in the uniform of Dutch MPs seized the railroad bridges at Gennap. Armored trains filled with German troops rolled across and five miles further to the Peel Line. The first resistance was met as the trains crossed the bridge over the anti-tank ditch. The trains proceeded another half-mile and then detrained their troops and organized for an attack against the back of the Peel Line. . .
Attacker: German (Bataillon III, Infanterie Regiment 481)