Re: SS-Standarte 'Germania' on 15/16.IX.1939, Muzylowice, PL
Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:13 am
The bold part from Leixner is very interesting because according to a reliable Polish source Germans were attacking Polish positions there during that particular combat (on 17.09.1939), Poles only successfully counterattacked in the forest and repulsed German attacks.Hello pals ; a little story dealing with one gebirgsjäger at Dobrostany, he was Leutnant Frobenius.................
Those weren’t only clouds, which were flowed, together ascended smoke columns over the area of Grodek-Jagiellonski – Dobrostany – Hartfeld – Sadowa-Wisnia, where since three days a embittered battle was in course.
The Division of Munich drove the remnants of the Polish divisions back, those that had advanced fiercely against a SS-Standarte at Jawarow. However, the forest gave the poles the possibility to gather their striking force again and again so they could press against the, under extreme strain, gebirgsjägers deployed at Grodek and Dobrostany.
Our bombers attacked the enemy rear disturbing them so they shifted the efforts northwards on the wooded land of Janow-Jaryna. But the barriers held – our casualties weren’t small however – among others the Division’s Staff lost Leutnant Frobenius, an editor of a Munich newspaper, which fell at Dobrostany. Leutnant von Weizenbeck was severely wounded.
“I have a especial task”, said to us Leutnant Frobenius full of joy. At 01:00 o’clock (17 Sep 1939) he drove away in the night wit his special job towards Dobrostany. His departure was in good mood. Now, he followed his father, who fell in 1914, into the soldier’s death; a granade’s splinter struck through his steel helmet.
Source: Von Lemberg bis Bordeaux. Leo Leixner. 1942.
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More about the combat at Dobrostany during which Frobenius was KIA:
"I./98. Res.Inf.Rgt. of major Marek was deployed on defensive positions near Kertyna (2nd company of cpt. Juliusz Peyser) and Wola Dobrostanska (1st company of cpt. Wladyslaw Dumnicki). Around 10:00 AM on 17.09.1939 it encountered German motorcyclists from Kampfgruppe "Pemsel" from 1st Gebirgs Division, who attacked from the direction of Dobrostany. Soon after destroying these motorcyclists, the whole Group "Pemsel" with artillery came, and started strong assaults on Polish positions, which were repulsed by Poles with use of AT gun fire, mortar fire and MG fire after fierce combats which lasted until around 14:00 in the afternoon. The enemy who managed to enter into the gap between the improvised collective regiment of lt. col. W. Zietkiewicz and the right wing 2nd company of I./98. Res.Inf.Rgt under command of cpt. J. Peyser, attacking the rears of the Polish battalion, was repulsed by 3rd company of 98. Res.Inf.Rgt under command of res. lt. Kot, which had been kept in reserve until that moment. 3rd company of lt. Kot repulsed the German assault in the forest combat with use of a lot of hand grenades and bayonets. During these combats I./98. Res.Inf.Rgt. suffered quite heavy casualties in men - mainly due to German artillery fire (2nd company suffered the biggest casualties) - and also in equipment. The I./98 battalion lost 11 KIA and over 20 WIA, including seriously wounded commander of 1st MG company lt. Kunicki. Equipment casualties were: one mortar, 5 MGs and 1 AT gun. All buildings of the village Kertyna were burnt or destroyed by artillery fire. German casualties were also heavy, but are hard to establish. It is only known, that Leutnant Frobenius was KIA and Leutnant Weizenbeck was seriously WIA."
Ryszard Dalecki, "Czy 38 DP Rez została rozbita 16.9.1939 r. pod Rodatyczami?" ("Was the 38th Res. Inf.Div. shattered on 16.9.1939 near Rodatycze?") [in:] WPH, no. 1 from February - March 1971, page 422.
What was that "special task" / "special job" of Leutnant Frobenius?