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Nazi Germany invaded the neutral Netherlands in 1940. With 280,000 vs. 750.000, there was no balance at all. Yet the Germans threatened to bomb the city of Rotterdam. Even though preceding negotiations resulted in a ceasefire, the bombardment took place nonetheless, in conditions which remain controversial, and destroyed almost the entire historic city centre, killing nearly 900 people and making 85,000 others homeless.
The nazis threatened to bomb other cities like Utrecht and Amsterdam if the Dutch Government did not surrender. The Dutch capitulated early the next morning.
Colorized by me [oc], original photo: https://i.redd.it/5lryqa3z80cz.jpg
Anyone know what kind of weapon is leaning against that tree in the lower left?
Always find it amazing when walking through the cities in the Netherlands that the Nazis also stepped foot here. It’s a strange feeling.
Man the graphics look way worse then they did at E3
Only known picture (or one of very few) of Dutch troops in combat in 1940.