Belgian World War 2 Events

Belgian World War 2 Events

Due to its geographic position bordering the English Channel as well as France, Belgium once again found herself invaded by the Germans in a yet another World War.





There are a total of (13) entries in the Belgian World War 2 Events. Entries are listed below by earliest date to latest date.


January 10th
1940
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.
May 10th
1940
89 German paratroopers land and take the Belgium fortress of Eben Emael with its garrison of 2,000 soldiers.
May 10th
1940
German airborne elements land across Belgium and Holland in advance of ground forces, capturing key bridges and routes.
May 11th
1940
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.
May 14th
1940
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.
May 14th
1940
Facing light opposition, German Panzer Corps XV, XLI and XIX are free to set up three key bridge-heads covering Dinant, Montherme and Sedan.
May 15th
1940
German Panzer Corps cross into the north of France.
May 17th - May 18th
1940
Brussels falls to the German Army.
May 17th - May 18th
1940
Antwerp falls to the German Army.
May 28th
1940
Belgium falls to Germany in just 18 days.
May 28th
1940
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.
May 28th
1940
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.
May 28th
1940
King Leopold of Belgium orders his army to surrender to the Germans. By this time, his government has already relocated to Paris, France.