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On May 22 1940, during the evening, XXXXI Pz K ordered the SS VT Div to proceed to the Port of Calais together with the 6 Pz Div and the 8 Pz Div.
The SS force should cross the La Bassee Canal and intercept enemy forces attempting the break out of the pocket at a point of the waterway south of Cassel. Also the SS VT Div was to establish bridgeheads across the canal and push the British troops out of the Nieppe Forest.
During the march towards the La Bassee Canal the SS troops covered the right flank of the Pz Corps and headed for the town of Aire.
Later in the night, Hausser received a message from the 18 AOK HQ ordering him to stay at his current location. The division spent the night near the town of Saint Hilaire.
During the night scattered groups of french tanks and infantry units attempted to break out of the Dunkirk pocket.
On May 23 1940, by early morning hours an armoured battalion had overrun the 9./ SS "Der Fuhrer" while others tanks formation surrounded the 10. and 11. companies of the regiment. As the morning progressed the french attacked the 5. and 7. companies and pressed to an area near Blessy. During this fights a battalion Commander (Ersepmuller) was KIA.
Nevertheless the french attack lost its momentum and the SS troops seized the initiative. By the time the struggle was over the III./ SS Der Fuhrer had destroyed 13 armoured vehicles and the division as a whole had taken 500 POWs.
At that time others SS units distinguished in the fights that had broken out along the La Bassee Canal front; the SS-Untersturmfuhrer Fritz Vogt spotted a french mechanized column heading towards Mazinghem. He directed his men to shot the soft skinned vehicles at the convoy's tail and then the leading tanks. The enemy panicked and the battalion size armoured unit surrendered to a 30 men patrol.
On May 24 1940, the SS VT Div crossed the La Bassee Canal and established bridgeheads across the waterway, advancing 8 kilometers behind the enemy lines before being intercepted by British soldiers belonging to the 2d Infantry Division. But the Germans held their ground and maintained theirs bridge heads.
On May 26 1940, the division received one message ordering it to move northwest in order to attack the British troops deployed at Nieppe Forest.
Source: SS Das Reich. The history of the of the Second SS Division 1939 - 1945. Gregory L. Matson. Chapter 4 The West.
On 24 May, regiments of the division succeeded in crossing the La Bassee Canal. The regiment on the right flank captures St. Venant while the reconnaissance detachment advances towards Allouagne. New reconnaissance is sent forward. Two reconnaissance parties had to advance in the direction of Estaries: one through Bethune. The other through St. Venant. While attempting to cross the bridge to the north of Bethune, the first party is subjected to enemy fire. One armored vehicle falls into a ditch, and motorcyclists are forced to dismount and engage the enemy.
The second reconnaissance party, after Passing St. Venant at 2:00 PM in the direction of Merville, was already nearing the latter, when suddenly enemy tanks had cut off its retreat. Only one of the two armored vehicles succeeded in breaking through to the rear. At 5:30 PM this reconnaissance party reports that it is encircled by the enemy. The 2d Company, reinforced by antitank guns, is sent to its rescue.
At the same time the British, moving through Merville in the southwestern direction, executes tank attack against the German infantry. After a somewhat critical situation, the British attack was repulsed. Also the 2d Company, moving north of the Lys Canal, runs against British tanks. Due to the fact that the elements of the divisions retired at nightfall back across the canal, the 2d Company was also compelled to retreat. The encircled reconnaissance party reported by radio that during the night it will attempt to break through.
The next morning the reconnaissance detachment was moved to Ham. A report was received from the encircled party. to the effect that it was unable to break through, but up to 9:30 AM it nevertheless continued to communicate by radio on all enemy movements in the vicinity of Merville. Then the contact ceased. This party was captured by the British.
Source: Motorized Reconnaissance Detachment in Combat in Flanders. By Wim Brandt (SS AA VT CO). Militar Wochenblatt.
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.