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The blown-up bridge across the Meuze at Ravenstein - may 1940

The Ravenstein railway bridge - to the rear of the Peel-Raamline - was blown up in time to prevent a German crossing. That German crossing at Ravenstein have previously been hampered by the unexpected tough defences along the Maas-Waalcanal, where the Germans were basically occupied the entire first day of the invasion. That set-back was partially their own fault, for they had managed to cross one bridge crossing the Maas-Waalcanal, but failed to push through. Nevertheless, the bridges at Ravenstein and Grave - both targets of the 254.ID (reinforced by SS reconnaissance companies) - would not have been reached in time to prevent destruction, although at Grave destruction had been carelessly delayed.

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