German occupation of Luxembourg in World War II

German Occupation Of Luxembourg In World War II

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German occupation of Luxembourg in World War II

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The German occupation of Luxembourg in World War II was a period in the history of Luxembourg during which the country was occupied by Nazi Germany. It was a thorough test of the young nation's will and it strengthened national symbols such as the monarchy and the Luxemburgish language. The attack on the small neutral country was part of the Westfeldzug in which Luxembourg and Belgium were used as transit territories to attack France by outflanking the Maginot Line. Plans for the attack had been prepared by 9 October 1939, but execution was postponed several times. On 10 May 1940, the German Wehrmacht invaded Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Eve of the invasion

The outbreak of World War II on 1 September 1939, put Luxembourg’s government in a delicate situation. On one side the population’s sympathy lay with the allied forces; on the other side, due to the country's neutrality since 1867, the government adopted a careful non-belligerent stance towards its neighbours in order to prevent a German invasion. As of 1 September, Radio Luxembourg stopped broadcasting. In spring 1940, fortifications were erected along the borders with Germany and France. The so-called Schusterline, named after its constructor, consisted of massive concrete road blocks with steel doors. The official aim of these road blocks was to slow down the progress of any invading army and give time for the guarantors of Luxembourg's neutrality to take counteractions against the invaders. However,...
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