Battle of the Lys (1940)

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Battle of Lys
Part of the Invasion of Belgium of World War II
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Date 24–28 May 1940[2]
Location Region of Kortrijk (Southwest Flanders), Belgium and Nord-Pas-de-Calais
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German victory

  • Belgian surrender on 28 May
Commanders and leaders
Belgium Leopold III
Belgium Olivier-Joseph-Jules Derousseaux[1]
Nazi Germany Walter von Reichenau
Nazi Germany Georg von Küchler
500,000 soldiers[3] 4 divisions[1]
Casualties and losses
3,000 killed 1,500 killed
200 captured[1]

The Battle of the Lys (French: Bataille de la Lys, Dutch: Leieslag) was a major battle between Belgian and German forces during the German Invasion of Belgium of 1940 and the final major battle fought by Belgian troops before their surrender on 28 May. The battle was named after the river Leie (known as the Lys in French), where the battlefield was situated (in Belgium and in Nord-Pas-de-Calais).


The Leiemonument (Monument of the Lys)

In the Albertpark in the city centre of Kortrijk, the Battle of the Lys is commemorated every year near the Monument of the Lys.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Belgium, Ministère des Affaires Étrangères (1941), The Official Account of What Happened, 1939-1940 [Chapter 4], Evans Brothers. Accessed 02 January 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "National Leie Monument",
  3. "Belgium in the Second World War", Jean-Michel Veranneman

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