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Forgotten History-The Battle of Maastricht

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Maastricht is well known for one of it’s musicians Andre Rieu and also for the treaty which was signed on 2 February 1992 which shaped the EU.However it was also a battlefield at the start of WWII

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The Battle of Maastricht was one of the first battles that took place during the German Campaign on the Western Front during World War II. Maastricht was a key city in order to capture the Belgian Fort Eben-Emael and split the allied armies in half.

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The ancient city of Maastricht – the most southern Dutch city [with its Roman roots] – would see a lot of dramatic events on the first day of the war. The main-bridges over the Maas [in the city of Maastricht itself] were some of the main targets in the German invasion plan. These three bridges were the St. Servaesbrug, Wilhelminabrug and the railway bridge to the north. It was…

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