World War: General Dike

Some weeks ago the Nazi High Command sent, as a handsome present to The Netherlands High Command, 1,500 copies of the official military map of Germany, showing every creek and hillock, every canal and road and bridge. Couple of days later the Nazi High Command hinted delicately to The Netherlands High Command that it would be jolly if this compliment were returned in kind. The Dutch ignored the suggestion. The problem of defending their little country against a German juggernaut is bad enough without showing the drivers precisely where to go.

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