Die Gefechte bei Stary-Sambor
Combats near Stary Sambor were fought against Polish 3. Mountain Brigade. Quotation from Dubicki & Spruch, "Przedmoscie Rumunskie" ("Romanian Bridgehead"):"Stocks and motorized equipment of the brigade were almost complete. Reorganized 3. Mountain Brigade constituted already a considerable combat strength and its commander decided to carry out an escapade on Stary Sambor in the closest future".
OdeB of 3. Mountain Brigade in the morning on 16.09.1939:
commander - płk Jan Kotowicz
2. KOP regiment "Karpaty" (two battalions) - ppłk Jan Zachodny
3. psg (two battalions) - mjr Wacław Majchrowski
216. infantry regiment (one battalion and two companies)
Two independent march (supplement / reserve) battalions (march battalion of 2 psp and march battalion of 6 psp)
Stocks, support & rear units
In total around 3,500 - 4,000 men.
The escapade on Stary Sambor was carried out only by 3. psg (mountain rifle regiment). Polish forces marched towards Stary Sambor at 21:00 on 15.09.1939. The town was captured in the morning on 16.09.1939. At 9:00 German forces counterattacked on positions of I battalion of 3. psg, repulsed it from Stary Sambor and forced it to withdraw - first towards locality Jankow, later towards hills located north of locality Tereszow. In the afternoon II battalion of 3. psg was ordered to go round Stary Sambor and to regain hills located north of Stary Sambor from enemy hands. II battalion managed to complete this mission, German forces withdrew. In the early morning on 17.09.1939 German forces once again counterattacked - in strength of one infantry battalion supported by artillery - and after several hours of heavy combats, managed to recapture Stary Sambor again.
Later that day Polish 3. Mountain Brigade received information about the Soviet Invasion of Poland and was ordered to retreat to Romania - soon the order was acomplished.
Die Gefechte bei Rudki 16.09.1939
Polish II battalion of 97. Infantry Regiment (from 38. Infantry Division) was involved in combats against German Kampfgruppe "Friedmann" from 1. Gebirgs Division supported by I./79. Gebirgs Artillerie Regiment and 12 heavy battery of 79. Gebirgs Artillerie Regiment - Polish forces were attacking these German forces.
Polish battalion did not have artillery support because Polish artillery was regrouping after a whole-day long Luftwaffe bombing and temporarily lost contact with infantry.
In the evening on 16.09.1939 German reinforced 179. Infanterie-Regiment from 57. ID attacked rears of Polish II./97. IR, which was still involved in combats against elements of German 1. Gebirgs Division.
As the result of this combat major part of Polish battalion was destroyed - only 5 company, part of 2 MG company and small part of 6 company managed to avoid destruction and to withdraw to the north.
Die Gefechte bei Tuczapy
Near Tuczapy on 17.09.1939 German forces organized an ambush against Polish artillery.
Some forces of Polish artillery were encircled there and German artillery and infantry inflicted heavy casualties to them. German artillery supported by infantry managed to knock out one heavy gun from I./5 pac (heavy artillery regiment) and - after heavy fire fight - all guns of 7 battery from III./38 pal (light artillery regiment).
When Poles realized that they were encircled, commanders of I./5 pal and III./38 pal ordered to destroy the rest of guns and break through.
The whole I./5 pac and 7 + part of 9 light batteries from III./38 pal were lost on 17.09.1939 near Tuczapy.