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Pretty sure I live next to that church tower
An interesting retelling by General Petrus Johannes Mathias "Peter" van Uhm Royal Netherlands Army (Retired) of his father shooting across a river at Germans.
Serious question, if anyone can answer, what is the relative expected accuracy of a rifleman in the Second World War at that distance? Are these sharpshooters? I don’t get that impression from the situation, their stance, etc. – not that I would know beyond my very limited knowledge of how that discipline works.
You have to admire those in the Low Countries who held their positions against the overwhelming air and ground assault. Surely they knew defeat was a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’, with the only hope being relief from the British and French. I’m sure the commanding officers knew how unlikely that relief was, after the first few days of the offensive. I wonder how many of those pictured here survived the war and what their experiences were like.