Raid on Fort Eben-Emael

Discussion in '1940' started by FschJgBtl 261 Lebach, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. superb article about the Falschirmjäger raid on eben emael in belgium during the western campaign of Germany in may 1940. The airborne assault on Fort Eben Emael was part of a much larger German airborne operation which involved the 7th Air Division and the 22nd Airlanding Division.

    german fallschirmjäger units still identify themselves with this raid as it marked the beginning of the german airborne (Luftlandetruppen/ Fallschirmjäger).

    Battle of Fort Eben-Emael - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  2. [​IMG] Fallschirmjäger

    1 day after the battle
     
  3. [​IMG]Lastensegler DFS 230


    the gliders which landed on top of the fort. most of em went down in crash landing.
     
  4. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Lebach, I have been interested in Eban-Emael since I first heard of it. Brilliant German Airborne operation, the model I am sure for later Allied ops eg Pegasus Bridge. Yet another area I must get round to reading up on!
    Thanks for posting.

    Mike
     
  5. you mention pegasus bridge?? there are a lot of parallels. allied airborne operations during the invasion was their batism of fire, with a lot of casualties due to unexperience. yet another example for an outstanding individual performance of superb soldiers.
     
  6. Lebach, I have been interested in Eban-Emael since I first heard of it. Brilliant German Airborne operation, the model I am sure for later Allied ops eg Pegasus Bridge. Yet another area I must get round to reading up on!
    Thanks for posting.

    Mike

    did you know that the german DFS 230 glider was the archetype for the British hotspur glider??

    does anyone have information about pre-overlord SAS airlanding missions in europe?? or some technical data GAL.48 hotspur (weight, altitude, capacity)??
     
  7. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

  8. Lebach,

    You may like to look at this old thread and my No 4 post in particular.

    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/airborne/19257-fallschirmj%E4ger-lastensegler-dfs-230-a.html


    Regards
    Tom
    great pictures. i gotta ask my roommate for his private pictures he took when there was an exhibition of historical aircraft in our barracks. cause there was an original rebuilt of an DFS 230 and he took plenty pictures. as i told you before: the raid on fort eben emael is still the event we call the birth of our branch of service. so im interested in anything thats linked to all the fallschirmjäger actions in ww2
     
  9. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

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    Surprisingly very little listed.
     
  10. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

  11. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  12. [​IMG]photo of the albert canal
     
  13. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

  14. GPRegt

    GPRegt Senior Member

    did you know that the german DFS 230 glider was the archetype for the British hotspur glider??

    does anyone have information about pre-overlord SAS airlanding missions in europe?? or some technical data GAL.48 hotspur (weight, altitude, capacity)??

    I don't believe there were any pre-Overlord SAS airlanding missions but there was one post-, which involved French SAS. Have a look at 'Operations': Dingson 35A on my GPR website. See 'Gliders': Hotspur for your othr request.

    Steve W.
     
  15. I don't believe there were any pre-Overlord SAS airlanding missions but there was one post-, which involved French SAS. Have a look at 'Operations': Dingson 35A on my GPR website. See 'Gliders': Hotspur for your othr request.

    Steve W.

    thanks alot made....allready an great amount of usefull information on the topic we got here
     
  16. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    [​IMG]photo of the albert canal

    Same place but from the little different angle

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    More details about Fort Eben-Emael you have here. And same more photos here.
     
  17. definitely an obstacle, intended to stop mass deployment of an enemy force. not a silent unit of fallschirmjäger in the twilight. big misconcepting to expect the next war to be like the last one. but how could they have known....
     
  18. ardenneswoodwalker

    ardenneswoodwalker Junior Member

    Brings back many memories....... I used to live in Lanaye and the farm I worked on owned the land bordering the fort just behind the Albert Canal picture shown here......the farmers brother. known to us all as Uncle Paul was a member of the garrison of the fort. In the 70's it was still easy to get into the fort and it became our playground for many visits, ....... occasionaly we would find relics from the fighting, most impressive was a full case of 50mm German mortar shells, which were chucked into the anti-tank ditch by Paul.... probably still there to this day.I still have some 7.92 fired cases from the assault somewhere in the attic. in the 80's on a return visit myself and a good friend did the hardest climb of our lives, we gained access into the ventilation cupola and climbed down the old iron rung ladder deep into the heart of the fort.
     
  19. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    There are some good photos taken in the aftermath of the Forts capture here:

    Fotos
     
  20. harveyblack

    harveyblack Harvey Black

    I've tried to capture the spirit of the Fallschirmjager and their exceptional talents and bravery in my first novel, Devils with Wings. You might find it an interesting read. Visit my website below. HB

    Home - Harvey Black
     

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