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The Infanterie Regiment 1 - France 1940.
With Prince William and the 11. / IR 1 in the Western Campaign.
The attack of 8.I.D. was supposed to begin at 0600 on May 24; however, 1.I.D. instead received a signal that 8.I.D.’s assault would be delayed 90 minutes, and that 1.I.D. should begin its attack at 0830, or one hour later than that of 8.I.D. Thus, after a concentration of artillery fire between 0830 and 0845 hours, infantry and sections of the 1.I.D.’s Pi.Batl.1 made a crossing, held up however by such heavy machine gun, mortar and rifle fire from barricaded houses on the opposite shore and on the right flank, that the first attack wave was shot down in the middle of the canal. Only two platoons on the right flank made it, clinging to the north shore after stopping a counterattack.
At about 1100 hours on May 24, the commander of I.R.22 (reinforced) reported that the successful continuation of the attack could only be promised after reconnaissance and the subduing of each resistance nest according to a well-prepared plan; adequate preparation for the assault would require about four hours. After these events, the attack across the canal was called off, and both 1.I.D. and 8.I.D. received new orders that took them elsewhere.
Sources: 1. Infanteriedivision, 23.05. 1940, von Tycowicz, Rudolf, „Das Infanterie-Regiment 1“, München, 1966.
Wittrien, Ernst, „Vier Stunden lang im schwersten Feuer – vor 45 Jahren fiel Prinz Wilhelm von Preussen an der Spitze der 11. Kompanie des Infanterie-Regiments 1“, Ostpreussenblatt Nr. 24, 15. Juni 1985http://www.instahlgewittern.com/2010/09 ... ussia.html
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