Battle of the Lys (1940)

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For the First World War battle of the same name, see Battle of the Lys (1918).
Battle of Lys
Part of the Invasion of Belgium of World War II
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Date 23–28 May 1940
Location Region of Kortrijk (Southwest Flanders), Belgium and Nord-Pas-de-Calais
51°3′18″N 3°44′3″E / 51.05500°N 3.73417°E / 51.05500; 3.73417Coordinates: 51°3′18″N 3°44′3″E / 51.05500°N 3.73417°E / 51.05500; 3.73417

German victory

  • Belgian surrender on 28 May
Commanders and leaders
Belgium Leopold III Nazi Germany Walter von Reichenau
Nazi Germany Georg von Küchler
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
3,000 killed 1,500 killed

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. The battle was named after the river Leie (known as Lys in French), where the battlefield was situated (in Belgium and in Nord-Pas-de-Calais).


In the Albertpark in the citycentre of Kortrijk, the Battle of the Lys is commemorated every year near the Monument of the Lys.

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