14.Armee is advancing fast against clever defending enemy and reaches with ist mot. parts the area of Rzeszow and northwest of it. Pushing towards Jaroslaw.
Takes about 1500 prisoners in the morning from 6. and 4.pol.Div. (4.lei., 2.Pz.Div.)
XXII.A.K.: is advancing and reaches Tarnow and Pilzno with forward units.
Around 02:45 enemy forces open fire on the Kpfgr. in Biscupice. Strong enemy forces are spotted coming out of the near wood. The enemy closes in the terrain which provides much cover and reach the outskirts of Biscupice. Enemy AT-guns and artillery start to fire on the tanks that are clearly visible in the light of fires in the village. At 05:00 the tanks start to counter attack the polish forces. The attack split up into several local engagements tank against AT-guns. The leader tank was hit three times and the Abt.Kdr. and his crew is killed. Also the commanders of 6./PR.3 and 8./PR.3 and the Abt.Adjutant are wounded. As the ammo was getting low the tanks had to withdraw to the road Radlow – Biscupice. The tanks built a hedgehog defense and waited for the withdrawing infantry from Biscupice. Then the rest of the Kampfgruppe mounted on the remaining six tanks was able to push through enemy forces to Radlow. The Kampfgruppe lost 51 men, 18 missed and 93 wounded. 21 tanks and 2 command tanks were destroyed.
Elements of 2.Pz.Div. cross the Dunajec at Tarnow and push northwest towards Bisupice – Zabno.
Orders: Crossing the Dunajec near Tarnow and pushing northwest towards the area Biscupice – Zabo to destroy all enemy forces to help own forces on the westbank of the Dunajec near Biscupice.
Kradschtz.Kp. Weike was attached to the tanks 2 km south of Zabo. After passing Zabo the lead spots an enemy column marching from west to east.
We attacked at once and destroyed the enemy M.G.-Kp. within minutes. The Kradschtz. collected the remainders of the polish unit. 14 heavy M.G., horses and vehicles were captured. 40 – 50 Polish soldiers surrendered.
Because the AA5 was fallen back Olt. Gomille and Weike decided to take the bridge across the canal 300m east of Targowiko to prevent the enemy from destroying it.
From there they got order to advance with one platoon PzKpfw.IV ahead followed by Kradschtz., rest of tank Kp. and than the rest of the Kradschtz.Kp.
At 13.00 they reach the soutwestern entrance of Olesno 800m west of the church. The first platoon advanced to the rail-crossing 800m east of the church. The rest entered the village from South and West.
Suddenly machinegunfire started followed by artillery. The PzKpfw.IV spotted an enemy battery that started to join the attack. The tanks attack and destroy the enemy battery.
Again prisoners and weapons were captured. A Major and a Oberleutnant were taken prisoner.
Njorl wrote:That would be all on that area what I could find in Steblik's Armia "Kraków" 1939.
- 5 Offz.
- 17 Uffz.
- 38 Mannschaften
In the evening on Sept. 8th a German motorized detachment tried to capture Kolbuszowa attacking from direction of Sędziszów. It was repulsed with MG fire from Łysa Góra near Stadion and lost 8 motorcycles with sidecars destroyed and several men taken prisoners.
Here goes my inquiry that day (8 Sep 1939) the 2./ Kradsch Btl 2 lost 12 men in battle, among them Lt d.R. Riefer.
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