There are a total of
13 WW2 Belgium Timeline Events. Entries are listed below by date of occurrence ascending and are gathered from the overall SwwH site database as they relate to their particular series events. Text ©2003-2015
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A German plane carrying two officers and the German invasion plans of Western Europe scheduled for January 17th mistakenly lands in Belgium. This forces Hitler to push the invasion back.
89 German paratroopers land and take the Belgium fortress of Eben Emael with its garrison of 2,000 soldiers.
German airborne elements land across Belgium and Holland in advance of ground forces, capturing key bridges and routes.
British and French army forces begin defensive preparations in Belgium in an effort to stave off the German advance. A long line of strategic defenses is contructed.
Panzer Corps XV and XIX break through the Allied defenses at Sedan, allowing German forces to completely bypass the formidable defenses at the French Maginot Line.
Facing light opposition, German Panzer Corps XV, XLI and XIX are free to set up three key bridge-heads covering Dinant, Montherme and Sedan.
German Panzer Corps cross into the north of France.
May 17th - May 18th
Brussels falls to the German Army.
May 17th - May 18th
Antwerp falls to the German Army.
Belgium falls to Germany in just 18 days.
With the fight gone out of them, the Belgian Army surrenders to the German 6th and 18th armies. Their actions, however, supply the evacuating Allies with much-needed time.
With Belgium out of the way, German Army elements begin making their way towards the French coastline in an attempt to completely eliminate Allied forces for good.
King Leopold of Belgium orders his army to surrender to the Germans. By this time, his government has already relocated to Paris, France.