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Typical howitzer bed [howitzer Krupp 150 mm] - may 1940

A dug-out position with reinforced walls and a top camouflage. These prepared artillery positions proved their value. Although intensive German artillery fire was received at almost all prepared Dutch positions [which were usually well known due to thorough German espionage] hardly ever direct hits were suffered. Only one Dutch battery [troop] lost three out of four guns due to a German barrage, but that battery was placed in an improvised open position. Batteries that had been placed in well prepared positions hardly ever lost a gun to German fire, although many thousands of rounds were received on the Dutch end.

Category 13 May / Fortifications and defence-lines (15 images)