|Second Battle of Elsloo|
|Part of Western Front|
|Commanders and leaders|
|25px Maurice Gamelin||Gerd von Rundstedt|
|Casualties and losses|
|no reliable estimates||no reliable estimates|
Background EditThe French Republic declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939, following the German invasion of Poland, a weak Eastern country. The French were eager to fight, and 5,000,000 French able-bodied young men were called up to arms to fight against the Germans. The war was focused on the Eastern Front in the war with Poland for Germany, while France and Britain did not fight the Germans as much as they expected, despite a few limited clashes.
However, the Germans were gradually gaining ground in the Low Countries. However, following the Capture of Elsloo in late 1939, the French set up a new defensive perimeter, the Gamelin Line, and they held this position against many attacks. One such occured on February 25, 1940.
The Germans, from Sittard in Belgium and Maaseik in Holland, attacked the town from two axes. The Germans pushed into town, but the French soldiers held all of their command posts against German attack and the German troops were gunned down by the dozen by the French soldiers, and they were forced to retreat from this failed attack. They left behind several killed and wounded, but the French lost almost that much as well.