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The Infanterie Regiment Grossdeutschland in France.
Villers -sur Semois .
The gun No. 6 went into action firing on nearby buildings, a shell exploded among French horses, that galloped uninjured in a stampede. The gun No. 5 took a position in the courtyard of the church in order to silence a heavy machine gun and succeeded after two shots. The French troops were of the 2 . Squadron, 5e Cuirassiers ( 2 DLC). Beck-Broichsitter's story: the commanders of the weapons and the grenadiers behaved superbly. From the cover of a bush I saw how, one after another, four enemy light tanks were knocked out. Our plan of attack was correct.
Finally the enemy evacuated the town's center but renewed his resistance on the western edge, actually at 17:20 hours (plus one hour for the Germans) the HQ of the French Regiment had ordered the withdrawal along the railway located slightly west of Villers . The 2 . Squadron was violently attacked at 17:30 hours (18:30 hours German time) and had to withdraw, reaching Tintigny at 20:30 hours.
The II. / IR GD remained in Villers -sur- Semois overnight. The next day at 05:00 hours the vanguard and with it the 3. Platoon of assault guns moved again towards Mellier.
"First Contact!" 6./II Battalion Infantryregiment ’Grossdeutschland’ and the battle for Villiers-sur-Semois. 10 May 1940. An historical background for Flames of War By Simon McBeth.
La Campagne de mai 1940 en Belgique. Lt Col A. Bikar.
German Armored Assault Artillery. Information Bulletin Nº 2. MID 461.
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