World War: Fall of The Netherlands

The little Dutch boy who saved his country by plugging the dike with his fist was missing last week. His duty this time would have been to blow up the Moerdijk Bridge, longest on the Continent, connecting Rotterdam and the heart of The Netherlands with south Holland across the 1∧ mile wide Hollandsch Diep (joint estuary of the Maas and Waal Rivers). A gallon of well placed nitroglycerin would at least have delayed the German armored column which, having raced 85 miles westward in less than 86 hours (TIME, May 20), clanked...

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