The German reaction in the Cotentin by the evening of 6 June was as follows:Koen wrote:Hi Rich,
I hope i'm not asking too much :)
I guess that where their original positions, but how did they react after the allied landing on 6th June, where did they moved?
Ost-Btl. 797 remained along the west coast between Coutances and Periers engaged in anti-paratroop operations, chasing the scattered US airborne troopers.
Ost-Btl. 635 followed Fs.Jg.-Regt. 6 from the vicinity of Periers and advanced towards Carentan encountering many troopers of the 82nd and 101st and eventually joining III./Gren.-Regt. 1058 and Pz.-Abtl. 100 in attacking the southern face of the US beach and airhead. In the process it appears that most of the Osttruppen melted away, while the Fallschirmjaeger were roughly handled, one battalion being eventually destroyed.
Gren.-Regt. 1057 attacked from west to east with the objectives of Ste. Mere Eglise and Chef du Pont. They had some successes, but eventually were stymied in their attempt to crush the 82nd airhead and so reverted to the defense.
Gren.-Regt. 1058 (-) was reinforced by the Sturm Btl.-7. A.O.K. and attempted to do the same from the north, but was also forced to the defensive.
Finally, a reinforced regiment (actually something of a misnomer, it was comprised of bits and pieces of Gren.-Regt. 920 and 921, along with other elements of the division and attachments) of 243. Inf.-Div. was also ordered to join the attack, but did not arrive until the evening of 7 June when pretty much the entire German force in the Cotentin had gone over to the defensive.