'?&*<kmz&t&.&'~& .?,?.#-,«,f,t #?»#,,?,,#,,##????**??**w May 2-ith, 1940 The War Illustrated ,539 Holland and Belgium, the Nazis’ Latest Prey The photograph, left, of a section of the Albert Canal with its steep concrete embankments shows what a formidable obstacle the Germans had to cross. Above, the Boulevard lade Sauveniere, one of the principal streets of Liege. Photos, Topical, Fox, Keystone and Dorien Leigh The River Maas flows through the old town of M aastricht in Limburg, the southernmost limb of Holland. The Nazis captured a fortress of this important town on May II and crossed the river. Our photograph (above) shows the 13th-century bridge. The Moerdyk Bridge across the main estuary of the River Maas (right) is one of the most important strategic points in the Netherlands. It connects northern Holland with the s,auth and Belgium, and carries the main railway line from Dordrecht to Antwerp. On May 14 Nazi troops crossed southward ever this bridge. The YsseJ River as it flows through low-lying ground into the Zuyder Z e e is seen from the air in the photo graph above. It was behind this river and the River Maas that the Dutch Army made a brave stand before the advancing German hordes. On May 12 the Allied High Command announced that the Germans had consolidated their position at Arnhem ,an important railway junction on the Rhine. The town was one of the key positions in the Nazi drive towards the North Sea.