Fort Eben Emael : The Key to Hitler's Victory in the West, Paperback Book

Fort Eben Emael : The Key to Hitler's Victory in the West Paperback

Illustrated by Hugh Johnson

Part of the Fortress series

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The defences of Belgium that had proved easy prey to the German siege artillery of World War I were augmented in the post-war years by a massive fortress, constructed between 1932 and 1935, along the western bank of the Albert Canal - Fort Eben Emael.

The fortress was considered to be the strongest in the world on completion yet its conquest took less than 48 hours to complete after a glorious coup de main by German glider-borne assault troops.

This title considers the design, development and construction of this formidable bastion as well as covering the assault and the failure of the fort to offer any meaningful obstacle to the German invaders.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64 pages, 55 illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781841768212

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The fall of Eben Emael 'twas a famous victory at the time, and while the German side of the equation has been written about at length Dunstan does what seems to be a fine job of examining the Belgian perspective. A sad story it is too, one of bad planning, bad leadership, and just generally screwing up by the numbers. Whether anything would have made a difference in really stopping the German offensive of 1940 is almost a moot question these days, but this action is symptomatic of so many mistakes of the time. Oh yes, you also get a good description of the actual technology that went into the complex.