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The VIII AK in Upper Silesia.
The Operations Group Silesia (General Sadowski) – GO Slask - would be attacked by the VIII AK (General d Inf Ernst Busch) from the west by the 8 ID (Generalleutnant Koch) and the 28 ID (Generalleutnant v. Obstfelder) which reject the left wing of the 55 DP (Res) to Zora and the 23 DP to Tychy; from the south by the 5 Pz which introduced a wedge in the direction of Pszczyn/Pless.
At 04:45 hours the three divisions of the Army Corps (8 ID, 28 ID and 5 Pz) crossed the border of the Reich. The 28 ID advanced in the direction of Orzesze without finding resistance on the part of the enemy; the IR 7 (Oberst Wolf Boysen) crossed the border by Nieder-Wilcza.
The 8 ID hit some resistance after penetrating in Polish territory, particularly the I./IR 84 of Major d.R. Henrici encountered resistance in the border town of Knurow but after several fire blows of the machine guns the Poles left the locality and the Platoon of Leutnant Erich Mende reached coverless ground between Ornontowitz and Orzesche where it received artillery fire and underwent the first casaulty Schütze Mendla (KIA); IR 38 (Oberst Sczelinski) also crossed by Gleiwitz.
However both divisions had reached the highway Orzesze - Bujakow almost at the same time. In the wooded zone included between that route, Gostyn and laziska were positioned advance posts of the enemy which withdrew that same afternoon.
Around 17:00 hours, the 28 ID was in front of the Polish Main positions, obstacles of wire fences and forts half finished, the III. /IR 49 found serious resistance in the neighborhoods of Gostyn offered by the 2. Fortress Company (Maj Amon) . By dusk it could not carry out yet the order of the Commander of the Division to break through that defensive zone.
On September 01 of 1939, the Armored Train Nº 54 “Grozny” was patrolling the railway lines and had a skirmish with the German infantry of the 8th Inf. Div. In the evening it was assigned to support the Polish II/ 75 pp (23 DP). The train was attacked by German bombers - it got one close hit, but luckilly the bomb didn't explode.
Sources: Das Verdammte gewissen. Leutnant Erich Mende.
VIII AK KTB - Sep 1939 (courtesy of Bill Russ).http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli
Cheers. Raúl M
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.