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The 4. Gebirgsdivision.
“Unternehmen Barbarossa” Jun - Oct 1941. From the San to the Mius.
In the evening of Jun 23 1941, the gebirgsjäger regiments got across the international border with the then called Soviet Union heading to Lemberg. On Jun 26 1941, the 4 GD relieved the 68 ID and proceeded to Kamienobrod where the first engagement of the Enzians would take place. On Jun 28 1941, the troops jumped off against the soviet positions; by noon the resistance had been cracked and by nightfall the kampfgruppe were 15 kilómeters east of Kamienobrod, far behind in the back of the enemy still defending at Grodek. Next day the regiments moved ahead and circled Lemberg from the south.
On Jun 29 1941, the II./ GJR 91 (Major Türler) was deployed at Rudno while the I./ GJR 91 (Major Schneider) advancing along the road Grodek – Lemberg had reached Kaltwasser where it was attacked by hostile tanks against which the armor piercing shells of 37 mm and 50 mm fired by the panzerjägers were useless. The brave gunners shot their weapons almost at point blank and even some of them were smashed; the attack was finally driven back but the own (German) losses were heavy.
after a long and a hard march one of the gebirgsjäger got some help for his feet from his comrade.
By Jun 30 1941, Lemberg had been seized at last. The Division marched off towards its next objective the main town of Brzezany, which was taken in turn; in that way, the unit could block the withdrawal of two soviet divisions. On July 05 1941, the Seret river was reached and by July 07 1941 the 4 GD was on the old border between Poland and the Soviet Union. At this time the rain came so the roads became a quagmire. The situation was getting worse as the SS-Wiking’s columns blocked the assigned march’s road for the 4 GD all day long.
Sources: "Enzian und Edelweiß / Die 4. Gebirgsdivision 1940 - 1945" Julius Braun.
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Cheers. Raúl M
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