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Two leading members of the Dutch Republic where murdered on this day. The brothers de Witt where lynched and mutillated bij opponents. There are strong indications the
family of orange at least knew of the plans, but it's more likely they where involved.
This event lead ultimatly to the ending of the Dutch republic.
The family of orange eventually became the royal family.....nice bunch :sick

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_de_Witt

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Today, on May 14th , 1940 the German army bombed the centre of the city of Rotterdam.
The Germans had invaded The Netherlands on the 10 th of May and had taken a large part of the country.
However, on a few key locations, the under equipt Dutch army managed to put up some stiff resistance.
One of these places where the bridges across the Maas (river Meuse) in the centre of Rotterdam.

Unable to get across, the Germans, under direct orders from Hitler, treathened the defenders with a heavy aerial attack.
Kurt Student , the German commander had asked for Stukka attacks. These where in general preciesion attacks , however it was decided to use the Heinkel HE 111.
This plane was used for carpet bombing.

As negotiations between the Dutch and Germans where drawn out the German commander later claimed he tried to reach the bomberwing to delay the attack.
Unfortunally , the planes used special aerials for long range communicatios that had to be realed in for an attack.
So, around 13:30 the centre of Rotterdam was bombed.
This caused massive loss of life, around 880 people where killed and many others wounded.
The old centre was completely destroid.

There's ongoing contrversy about what exactly went on, the Dutch have always claimed that they did in fact surrunder before the bombing started .

The Germans threatened to bomb the city of Utrecht next if the Dutch didn't surrender.
As the Dutch airforce was non existing at this time the Dutch gouvernement decided to surrender to the Germans, as any further resistance would leed to massive
loss of civilian life without any tru hope of succeding to beat the German army.

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75 years ago Operation Overlord started. Also know as D-day . The attack on the beaches of Normandy was the largest amphibic assault in history.
It ultimatly sealed the fait of Nazi Gemany en was the beginning of the libaration of Europe.

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