By Chris McNab, Peter Dennis, Mark Stacey, Alan Gilliland

Бельгийская крепость Эбен-Эмаэль считалась неприступной. Ещё бы, только личный состав - 1200 человек. Но в мае 1940 всего seventy eight немецких десантников практически поставили бельгийцев на колени

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This perspective gives a sense of the open areas around the surface of Eben Emael, which provided the Fallschirmjäger with landing zones for the DFS 230 gliders. If these surfaces had been fitted with anti-glider obstacles, the Eben Emael assault would have been a disaster. (Scargill) Now it was the turn of Coupole Sud to face the attention of the Fallschirmjäger. Trupp 5 took charge of this action at 0530hrs, and five minutes later they detonated a 50kg charge on the position (the cupola was retracted at this point).

14) 8. Trupp 8 Oberjäger Otto Unger Coupole Nord Bloc 4; Coupole 120 9. Trupp 9 Oberjäger Ewald Neuhaus Mi-Sud Mi-Nord and EBEN 2 10. Trupp 10 Oberjäger Willi Hübel Visé 1 Coupole 120 11. com The Fall of Eben Emael – Belgium 1940 German troops contemplate a demolished bridge over the river Maas at Maastricht. Dutch and Belgian efforts to stop the German advance by demolishing bridges failed, and the Fallschirmjäger’s capture of bridges over the Meuse aided the German Army’s push towards northern France.

The respective glider was skilfully flown in by Unteroffizier Hans Distelmeier, who landed his aircraft within 20m of the target. The men emerged from their glider and immediately began to be hit by machine-gun fire from the MICA hut, which Lieutenant Longdoz was defending with a small group of men and two machine guns. Subduing this position with Trupp 5, after Trupp 8 had taken Coupole Nord, cost the Germans one wounded and two dead, the first German casualties of the battle. The Fallschirmjäger were quickly into action with their new demolition charges.

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