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The Battle by the High Warthe River.
Mokra – 01 Sep 1939.
Colonel Filipowicz realised how serious situation was and moved the reserve Col. Andrzej Kuczka's 12th puł (Lancer Regiment) to reinforce the defence of 21st puł. 12th puł. 4. Squadron and MG platoon already had its first skirmish with Germans but didn't suffer many casualties. Before, the 4. PzDiv. launched another assault and attacked Hill 268 defended by 3. Squadron of 21. puł. The polish Squadron suffered heavy losses and withdrew to Hill 236. Simultaneously at about 10:00 hours several batteries deployed W of Opatów fired on Wołyńska BK positions (Volhynian Cavalry Brigade). A motorcyclist column pushed back Polish guarding elements off the Hill 258 and captured Rębielice Królewskie. Farther movement of this column was stopped with fire from Kamieńszczyzno and Leszczyny area. Ppor. Bolesław Ostrowski's skirmishers element moved to Hill 229.
A Second, full scale, assault of the 4. PzDiv. was launched after an artillery preparation and aerial bombing at 10:15 hours. The Germans attacked in three groups:
- On Hill 216 defended by por. Gumiński's 1st squadron of 19th puł and through the forest due south on the left, undefended flank. Simultaneously, the enemy (ie. Germans), tried to outflank the positions of regiment and the whole brigade from the north, through Rębielice and Zawady;
- On the Mokra clearing with about 100 tanks,
- On positions of IV battalion of 84th pp (Infantry Regiment).
In the 19. pul’ sector, the panzers flanked polish positions east of Kamieńszczyzna and penetrated into the forest, gathering them near a road leading to Izbiska. About 10:30 am., they attacked the 4./19 pul from its back, pushing it into the direction of Leszczyny. On this way, the gap between the19 pul and the 21 pul increased dangerously. The Germans took an intersection in a middle of the forest, with roads leading to Izbiska and Mokra, and started clearing the woods, separating the 19 pul in the process. Its commander, Pętkowski, decided to bend his defence. This deteriorating situation alarmed Filipowicz, who allowed the retreat to Ostrowy village at 10:30 hours to save 19 pul from its destruction. But this way was already cut off by tanks and that order couldn't be executed. So, armoured train Nº 53 was sent for help, and arrived just in the nick of time, when first enemy tanks passed the railroad. The train simply ran into the swarm of tanks, and started firing all its barrels, bringing chaos and destruction and scattering german column. Meanwhile, the 19 pul slowly, but successfully retreated eastwards. Right now, enemy has put his main thrust in southern direction, trying to reach Mokra using a trail from the middle of the forest.
Sources: Bój Wołyńskiej Brygady Kawalerii pod Mokrą1 września 1939 r. Piotr Witkowski.
Lexikon der Wehrmacht - 1_ Panzerdivision SR 1.htm
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LUCHA EN SEPTIEMBRE 1939, en las cercanías de Działoszyn
der Geschichte des 11. (Sächs. ) Infanterie-Regiments.
Chronik des PGR 12. Schaub (Thanks JH).
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