Map of the city of Dordrecht - may 1940
Easy to identify the ancient town parts, behind the canals. Furthermore a clear overview of the hard to negotiate bridge approaches, the railway lines and the city quarter Krispijn. The area where the wedge in the splitting railway line is seen, was the point where the Dutch and German forces bumped into each other at the 12th. The German tanks entered the town probably via the Reeweg Oost [south of the railway leg that leads to the right or east].
In the left down corner one can see the so called 'Zeehaven'. This was a larger commercial harbour, with some commercial and storage buildings around it. North of it was an area that gave some shelter from trees and groove, but beyond that was open terrain. The old and the new main road from Moerdijk (to the south), leading to the bridge, ran along the Zeehaven. This road was used by the Ravelli battalion that got itself caught in a silly embush in the early morning of the 11th, with a consecutive series of follow-up battles in the area between the most southern buildings of the city and the road southeast of the harbour. The embush itself took place just north of the crossing of the main road with the diagonal road from the southeast leading to the northwest. That crossing was slightly elevated, which caused the Dutch marching up to road towards the bridge not being able to see on the other side, whereas the German defenders near the bridge could not see across the crossing. On the right side of the crossing, in the buildings directly adjacent to the main road, units of the city defences had taken several positions.
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