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Nicodemus wrote:Hi everyone,
This my first post on the Feldgrau forum, but I'm already a member of three other WW2 fora, including the AHF.
My question(s) concern FJR25. This unit was formed in early 1945 from Stab & III./FJR z.b.V., the Fallschirm-Batallion Brandenburg & Fallschirm-Batallion Hermann, under the command of Major Gerhard Schacht.
Question 1: Was FJB Brandenburg the Para Battalion of the Brandenburg Division? If so, the men would be highly experienced paratroopers and saboteurs.
In the night of 28 February 1945, II./FJR25 was flown into Breslau, followed by III./FJR26 a few nights later.
Question 2: Which aircraft were used? Were the Fallschirmjäger airlifted into the city with ordinary Junkers, or were gliders or even parachutes used (the Brandenburgers should be able to perform such a jump under favorable conditions)?
Thanks in advance,
That depends whether it is Budapest, Hungary or Bucharest, Romania. As far is I know the Brandenburg Division wasn't involved in Konrad or the fightin in Hungary in Winter 1944-45. The battle for Romania and it's capital Bucharest raged in August 1944, so I think that's what Paddy means .panzerschreck1 wrote:PK wrote:
I hope you mean december, januari 44/45.....'Relief of Bucharest" in August 1945
In August, two companies of FJ-Btl "Brandenburg", formed into a kampfgruppe with two companies of the Brandenburg’s 3rd Regiment, took part in the ill-fated “Relief of Bucharest”. The aim was to rescue two generals - and their troops - whose HQ was encircled by pro-Soviet Romanian forces. A company-strength force of Brandenburg paras seized Bucharest’s Otopeni Airport at midday on August 24th and held it until 1900 hrs, when their comrades began arriving in Me323 Gigants. Meanwhile, other aircraft, including Gigants, were landing and taking off with German evacuees.
The Brandenburg paratroopers also moved to reinforce German defensive positions at the Targsorul-Nou airfield and around Waldlager 1 and 2, encircled by an estimated six-thousand enemy soldiers. By 2100 hrs, the airport and encircled German HQ areas were under German control. However, it became too dangerous to fly into the aerodromes so German commanders planned a withdrawal by land.
Negotiations with the Romanians, some of whom still professed loyalty to their German allies, secured promises that German forces in and around Bucharest would have safe passage to the Yugoslav border. However, all pretence of any cooperation ended on September 1st. As the German column was leaving Bucharest, protected by Brandenburgers, the Romanians turned them over to the Soviets. Few if any of the Brandenburgers survived Soviet captivity. The ORBAT of FJ-Btl Brandenburg was reduced by half as a result of the Bucharest mission.