Hello to all ; dangers of the reconnaissance ...........................................
Auflärungs-Abteilung (mot.) 6 - Polenfeldzug 1939.
In 1939, the Detachment was part of the 1. leichte Div (later 6. Panzer). Before the Campaign occupied an assembly area near Kreuzburg in Silesia. On September 1, 1939, the division crossed the border line by Praszka and headed to Wielun, to the Widawka and Radom.
The 1. Le Div had to cross the river Prosna behind the 18. ID. Following the IR 54 (18.ID) several light armored vehicles (panzerspähwagen) crossed the river. An armored reconnaissance element of the A.A.6 met an enemy antitank position and there Lt. Begemann and three other crew of the head vehicle were KIA.
This area was defended by the 36 pp with a cyclist company and the 1. Group of 28 pal, as an independent element of the 28. DP which occupied positions south of Wielun on the crossroads and towns of Skomlin, Ożarów , Wierzbie, Dzietrzniki. At 04:45 hours on September 1, 1939, the Luftwaffe bombed Wielun, meanwhile troops of the 18. ID and 1. Le Div crossed the border, overran the border guards and met the forward positions of the Army "Lodz", including 36 pp. The attackers did not use the bulk of their strength and tried to recognize the positions using scout vehicles, these actions were rejected by 36 pp.
Sources: http://chrito.users1.50megs.com/1939/se ... r_1939.htm (Off-line)
http://odkrywca.pl/panzer39-wraki-czesc ... 00425.html
36 pulk Piechoty Legii Akademickiej w 1939 r wojnie obronnej.
http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli ... 1leDiv.htm
Cheers. Raul M .