Book Review of May 1940: The Battle for the Netherlands
Posted by William Young on October 4, 2012
Herman Amersfoort and Piet Kamphuis, editors. May 1940: The Battle for the Netherlands. History of Warfare series. Leiden: The Netherlands, 2010. ISBN 978-90-04-18438-1. Maps. Notes. Annex. Bibliography. Index. Pp. xxviii, 463. $128.00.
There are few studies of the German military invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940. But there are many myths about the five-day conflict. Dr Herman Amersfoort, Professor of Military History at the Netherlands Defence Academy and the University of Amsterdam, and Piet Kamphuis, Director of the Netherlands Institute of Military History, have edited a collection of essays by six historians that aim to put the record straight. The study was originally published in the Dutch language in 1990.
During the First World War (1914-1918), the Netherlands had declared and maintained neutrality. The last Dutch experience in combat had been in the early nineteenth century. As such, the Dutch hoped to remain neutral in the conflict that broke out…
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