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; 2º part......................
Towards the Don and beyond - 1942.
1. The build up of the German forces.
The 323 ID. Der Weg zur Ostfront.
The route of the trip, which lasted three weeks, was the following: by Köln, Wuppertal, Berlin, Breslau, Oppeln, Tschenstochau, Kielce, Radom, Brest Litowsk, Kowel until Rowno. Once there, the troops lodged in the old Polish quarters. After three weeks the division resumed its march eastwards.
The motorised elements of the Detachment of Communications (Nachrichten Abteilung) and the Commando of the division marched like advanced squad reconnoitering the lodgings for the troops who marched on foot and the horse-drawn vehicles.
The day's marches varied from 30 to 40 kilometers and every three days of march it was one of rest. There were almost 200 kilometers up to Shitomir by Nowgorod- Wolynsk therefore we had altogether 4 days of resting. From Shitomir we had to march still another 150 kilometers to Kiew.
In Kiew the division remained for 6 weeks, lodged in an old Russian garrison while carrying out field training excercises and practice in the shooting range. Kiew was a beautiful and great city; we visit the cathedral and the monastery. The main street, unfortunately, was in ruins. The Russians set bombs with time fuses in the buildings of the administration and 4 weeks after the occupation those devices exploded and many Germans were killed. In the suburbs there were many small wood houses and the tracks were bad. in all the urban zone there were hunging posters in Ukrainian and German praising to Hitler like liberator but also noticing that by each assassinated German 10 Ukrainians would be killed instead.
Sources: Schlacht um Woronesch. 06. Juli 1942 bis 01. August 1942. http://www.neuhaus-nick.de/HP%20Opa/noname5.htm
Geschichte der Panzergrenadierdivision Grossdeutschland. An der Ostfront 1942-1944.
Die Aufklärer der 1. Kavallerie Division / 24. Pz Division.
Feldzug Dezember 1941 - Februar 1943 - Obojan und Woronesh. http://www.57id.de/index.php/
Die Deutsche Reichsbahn im Zweiten Weltkrieg. Janusz Piekalkiewicz.
Unser Regiment. RR 2 - PR 24. Gert Axel Weidemann.
Cheers. Raúl M
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.