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Chancellor Adolf Hitler with a group of paratroopers (fallschirmjäger “green devil”) decorated with the Iron Cross for having breached the Belgian fort of Eben Emael, Belgium May 1940.

Chancellor Adolf Hitler with a group of paratroopers (fallschirmjäger “green devil”) decorated with the Iron Cross for having breached the Belgian fort of Eben Emael, Belgium May

Fort Eben-Emael, Belgium

This place became really famous trough history on May 1940 when a small team of German paratroops took the control of the fort’s artillery in less than 15 minutes.

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Fort Eben-Emael

Discover Fort Eben-Emael in Bassenge, Belgium: This sprawling Belgian fort was once thought of as impenetrable but now it is simply an abandoned relic.

The surprise assault on Belgium's Fort Eben Emael, 30 May 1940

15 German parachute troops descending on Fort Eben Emael in Belgium, on May part of a larger surprise attack.

German paratroopers face heavy fire during their 1940 attack on Belgium's Fort Eben Emael. (akg-images)

German paratroopers face heavy fire during their 1940 attack on Belgium's Fort Eben Emael.

Fort Eben-Emael, Belgium. Another place I'd like to see

Fort Eben-Emael, Belgium. Another place I'd like to see

Fort Eben-Emael, Belgium.

Fort Eben-Emael, Belgium.

German paratroopers after the Battle of Fort Eben-Emael, where the Nazi forces were successful in seizing the fort from its Belgian defenders in a decisive battle in which German airborne troops...

German paratroopers after the Battle of Fort Eben-Emael, where the Nazi forces were successful in seizing the fort from its Belgian defenders in a decisive battle in which German airborne troops landed on top of the fort via gliders and secured.

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