On the Way to Catastrophe - Summer 1942.

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Re: On the Way to Catastrophe - Summer 1942.

Post by tigre » Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:41 pm

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The 62 ID in 1942 - from Kharkov to Stalingrad.

1942.

With the 183 Infantry Regiment in Russia.

The front along the Don River.

Around 09:00 hours in the morning broke out again heavy fire in several places, especially in Baskowskaja; the Russian penetration still had to be avoided by any means, so it were formed three groups of approximately 15 to 20 men each, as mobile reserve to carry out counterattacks and they were used in the most compromised sectors. Because these three groups are displaced along the lines in a "round trip" taking part in the most violent of these battles, but this action only saved us from the final break, because the Russians had the illusion that always arrived reinforcements.

The first reinforcements arrived in the morning from the northwest through the IR 179, and later from the south increased with the arrival of Pz Jäg Abt 162 (Reinforced), almost simultaneously with the troops of the neighbor battalion to the right. On this day there still the danger of losing the entire front of the Don River in the sector defended by both the IR 183 and the IR 179. On September 19, 1942 the own artillery was able to fight the Soviet reinforcements which flowed from beyond the Don into the bridgehead.

Sources: http://www.62vgd.de/Gerhard_schuhmann.h ... dat_werden#Vom_Soldat_werden
http://www.infanteriedivision.62vgd.de/main1.1.htm
Fotoalbum @ MG Batl. Wittenberg Ausbildung 1941-42. Jueves, 16 de Diciembre de 2010, 18:36:25.
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Re: On the Way to Catastrophe - Summer 1942.

Post by tigre » Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:42 am

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The 62 ID in 1942 - from Kharkov to Stalingrad.

1942.

With the 183 Infantry Regiment in Russia.

The front along the Don River.

It was not until September 23, 1942 that after strenuous fights hand to hand the bridgehead established by the Russians was completely removed. After the successful completion of the struggles in the crossing points, the IR 179 and the IR 183 in turn established a own bridgehead each with a battalion along the line Kasanskaja - Weschenskaja. These forces withdrew in late September.

During the months of August and September Gerhard Schuhmann was certified seven days of hand to hand fights in his paybook (Soldbuch - used as personal identification also), including three in the Belogorskij bridgehead.

Sources: http://www.62vgd.de/Gerhard_schuhmann.h ... dat_werden#Vom_Soldat_werden
http://www.infanteriedivision.62vgd.de/main1.1.htm
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Re: On the Way to Catastrophe - Summer 1942.

Post by tigre » Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:33 pm

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The 62 ID in 1942 - from Kharkov to Stalingrad.

1942.

With the 183 Infantry Regiment in Russia.

Retrograde struggles around Stalingrad. November-December 1942.

On November 19, 1942 powerful Soviet forces launched the attack, unleashing the great counteroffensive at Stalingrad and the drama. On November 21, 1942, Soviet armored forces connected in Kalatsch, hence encircling the 6 AOK , inside the cauldron were the Pi Btl 162, parts of the HQ of the IR 190 and parts of Radfahren-Abteilung 162 and Pz Jäg Abteilung 162.

On December 18, 1942 the GR 183 began its retreat. With heavy losses was liberated Werchnije Lutschki. On December 19, 1942, the GR 183 was assembled in the town of Karginskaja (100 km north of Morossowskaja). At dawn on December 20, 1942, the Soviets attacked Karginskaja with tanks and rocket launchers, the communications link with the companies deployed around the town was lost. In the twilight of dawn followed heavy fighting house to house and street by street with heavy casualties. In these battles the regiment commander and his Orderly Officer, Oberst Koitzsch and Leutnant Heinze, were reported missing in action. The remnants of the regiment were able to break away from the enemy and continue the retreat.

Sources: http://www.62vgd.de/Gerhard_schuhmann.h ... dat_werden#Vom_Soldat_werden
http://www.infanteriedivision.62vgd.de/main1.1.htm
Fotoalbum @ MG Batl. Wittenberg Ausbildung 1941-42. Jueves, 16 de Diciembre de 2010, 18:36:25.
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Re: On the Way to Catastrophe - Summer 1942.

Post by tigre » Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:45 am

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The 62 ID in 1942 - from Kharkov to Stalingrad.

1942.

With the 183 Infantry Regiment in Russia.

Retrograde struggles around Stalingrad. November-December 1942.

On December 21, 1942, in Popowka and Kaminskij, some 30 km west of Karginskaja, the GR 183 was blocked by hostile armored elements. Nevertheless the remnants of the regiment continued their retreat to Morossowskaja through extremely difficult terrain but suffering heavy losses in the process. On December 22, 1942 at Pokrowskij, fell in action the Divisional Commander, Generalmajor von Reuss, while trying to break through an enemy column. At the end of December 1942 the German forces could halt the Soviet advance around Morossowkaja. The men of the GR 179 suffered similar hardships during their retreat.

By January 1, 1943, the 62 ID was part of the XXIX. AK in the Armee-Gruppe Hollidt in the Heeresgruppe Don, which was deployed along the Donets in the sector Rubeshnyj, Ust- Bystrjanskaja, Baski and Kremenskoj.

Sources: http://www.62vgd.de/Gerhard_schuhmann.h ... dat_werden#Vom_Soldat_werden
http://www.infanteriedivision.62vgd.de/main1.1.htm
Fotoalbum @ MG Batl. Wittenberg Ausbildung 1941-42. Jueves, 16 de Diciembre de 2010, 18:36:25.
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Re: On the Way to Catastrophe - Summer 1942.

Post by tigre » Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:30 am

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Operations on the Kalmuck Steppe - 1942.

1. Towards the Don and Woronesh.

The 16 ID (Mot) commanded at that time by Generalleutnant Henrici, was holding the line Bogdanowka—Starodubzewo— Roschdestwenskoje—Pashojol—Wysche Oserka—Dubschtschiki—Matwejewka— Oserki in the early spring of 1942. On May 12, 1942 it was reinforced by the Pz Abt 116 (former I. / PR 1) and on May 19, 1942 had been relieved by the Hungarian 9th Light Infantry Division, marching toward a new assembly area south of Kursk.

On June 28, 1942 began the German offensive called "Operation Blue" and the 16 ID (Mot) as part of the XXXXVIII Pz Korps, was assigned the task of conquering the city of Woronesh on the banks of the River Don. The division crossed the Tim and started toward Stary-Oskol.

By July 6, 1942, the division had reached the west bank of the River Don, and after a promising start was engaged in bloody fighting house to house in the town of Woronesh until July 8, 1942 when it was relieved by a infantry division (it was the 57 ID).

Sources: http://home.arcor.de/axel.strube/Berich ... ender.html
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Re: On the Way to Catastrophe - Summer 1942.

Post by tigre » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:00 pm

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Operations on the Kalmuck Steppe - 1942.

2. Towards the Caucasus.

On July 12, 1942 the 16 ID (Mot) marched towards the Caucasus into the rear of the main line of Soviet resistance.

In a chase of hundreds of kilometers between the Don and Donetsk, on July 26, 1942 the division crossed the river Don by Rasdorskaja and continued its progress towards the Manytsch, a major waterway that materialized the boundary between Europe and Asia. The 16 ID (Mot) crossed the Manytsch in Sporny, establishing a bridgehead there and later it was built a war's bridge. The Division was the first German unit which set foot in Asia.

Sources: http://home.arcor.de/axel.strube/Berich ... ender.html
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Re: On the Way to Catastrophe - Summer 1942.

Post by tigre » Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:31 pm

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Operations on the Kalmuck Steppe - 1942.

2. Towards the Caucasus.

In turn, on early August 1942 the LII AK under General Ott, composed of the 111 ID and 370 ID advanced along the river Manytsch, covering the flank of the 1 Pz Army, passed through the western regions of Kalmykia and reached the line Remontnoye - Elista - Ulan Erge. After consolidating the conquests and leaving garrisons in Elista and Ulan Erge, it continued southwards to join the Armored Army's attack.

On August 4, 1942, the 16 ID (Mot) continued towards the Kuban, it took Armavir and then crossed the Laba, reaching Maikop on August 10, 1942.

Sources: http://home.arcor.de/axel.strube/Berich ... ender.html
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Re: On the Way to Catastrophe - Summer 1942.

Post by tigre » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:22 pm

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Operations on the Kalmuck Steppe - 1942.

2. Towards the Caucasus.

Then the division went to the Caucasus and the Black Sea by Abadsechskaja, reaching the limit of the oil region in Neftjanskaja. On August 12, 1942 Maj. Brede, Commander of Kradsch. Btl 165, was wounded in action; he was succeeded by Oberleutnant Schleicher. In turn Leutnant Schliep took over the Späh Komp.

On August 20, 1942 the division was relieved in place by the 101 Le. ID returning to Maikop. The 16 ID (Mot) remained in the area between Budenowsk and Woroschilowsk due to shortage of fuel, by order of the III Pz K had to give the fuel to the 13 Pz in order that this division can continue its advance. In Woroschilowsk (town of 15,000 inhabitants) the Company of light armored vehicles (Panzerspähwagen) proceeded to make repairs, taking advantage of the presence there of the Panzer-Instandsetzungswerkstatt 545.

Sources: http://home.arcor.de/axel.strube/Berich ... ender.html
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Re: On the Way to Catastrophe - Summer 1942.

Post by tigre » Sun Dec 25, 2011 1:01 am

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Operations on the Kalmuck Steppe - 1942.

3. Operations on the steppe.

On August 23, 1942, it was received a radiogram from "very high" (Army Group) stating that the 16 ID (Mot) should fill the gap that lay between both Army Groups, ie between Stalingrad and the Caucasus through the implementation of mobile operations. The assigned ground was almost as big as the Netherlands and Belgium combined; the limit to the right was set in the valley of Manytsch to the confluence with the Kuma while the left boundary was the town of Yenotaevsk. The division marched from the Caucasus about 1000 kilometers to the new assigned area. The march continued for Elista, the capital of the Kalmucks, Ulan-Erge, Jaschkul, Utta and later still to Chalchuta. From this strong point should assure by various outposts the whole sector of responsibility of the division, along the road Elista - Astrakhan, in a West - East direction.

Sources: http://home.arcor.de/axel.strube/Berich ... ender.html
http://home.arcor.de/axel.strube/Berich ... _1-AA.html
http://www.storiain.net/arret/num68/artic6.asp
Long-range Reconnaissance to Astrakhan. Hitler moves East. Paul Carell.

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Re: On the Way to Catastrophe - Summer 1942.

Post by tigre » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:29 am

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Operations on the Kalmuck Steppe - 1942.

3. Operations on the steppe.

Kampfgruppe Laroche.

On August 25, 1942, due to shortage of fuel, the 16 ID (Mot) was only able to organize a mobile battle group on the basis of the Kradsch. Btl 165; it was called Kampfgruppe Laroche and comprised the following units and subunits:

Kradschutzen Btl 165.
3. / Pz Jäg Abt 228
2 batteries of AR 146
additional elements.

At sunset this detachment reached Divnoe marching by Ipatovo, while the vanguard composed of a company of motorcyclists and the 3. / Pz Jäg Abt 228 continued until Elista without difficulty, relieving there some units of the 370 ID.

The Soviet forces had retreated eastward to occupy a defensive position on the western arm of the Volga on the line Sadoska (north of Astrakhan) - Zenzeli and the northwestern shore of the Caspian Sea.

Sources: http://home.arcor.de/axel.strube/Berich ... ender.html
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Re: On the Way to Catastrophe - Summer 1942.

Post by tigre » Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:37 am

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Operations on the Kalmuck Steppe - 1942.

3. Operations on the steppe.

August 26, 1942.

On August 26, 1942, the bulk of the Kampfgruppe Laroche arrived in Elista and waited there the arrival of the IR 60 (Mot), with that support it was strengthened the defense of the city. The Kampfgruppe Laroche reinforced now by the I. / IR 60 (Hauptmann Torley) went even further to the east and relieved the II. / IR 666 (370 ID) in Ulan Erge. Reconnaissance patrols reported hostile troops at sovkhoz Dolgan (18 km east of Ulan Erge). In Ulan Erge were buried the soldiers Koller and Schwarzinger of the 1. SpähKomp killed in a bombing during the trip.

August 27, 1942.

The Kampfgruppe Laroche together with the I. / IR 60 of Hauptmann Karl Torley attacked and conquered the sovkhoz Dolgan an defended by a garrison of a Soviet company, the survivors were chased and driven back eastwards.

Sources: http://home.arcor.de/axel.strube/Berich ... ender.html
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Post by tigre » Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:33 am

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Operations on the Kalmuck Steppe - 1942.

3. Operations on the steppe.

August 28, 1942.

The Kampfgruppe Laroche reinforced with the I. / IR 60 and the effective support of Hammon's artillery group, attacked and conquered the city and the oasis of Jaschkul beating the Russian garrison. By this action, which meant the occupation of the first Asian settlement on the Kalmyk steppe, Hauptmann Torley, who already had been awarded with the Knight's Cross was able to add the Oak Leaves and also the oasis was renamed "Oasis Torley" in his honor.

With the conquest of Jaschkul, the German troops entered within the heart of of a flat and arid region, with difficult climatic conditions and very different from Ukrainian's plains, fertile and with abundant waterways. Devoid of medium and high vegetation and lacking surface water resources, with the presence of dunes shaped by the strong wind prevailing from the north and northeast, where there were scarce water wells and roads.

Fuentes: http://home.arcor.de/axel.strube/Berich ... ender.html
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Post by tigre » Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:24 am

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Operations on the Kalmuck Steppe - 1942.

3. Operations on the steppe.

But the Germans managed to overcome the obstacles with the help of the local nomadic population - the Kalmyks - a race of Mongol origin and largely Buddhists and animists who were forcibly gathered in agricultural kholkoz although traditionally engaged to animal husbandry.

Between late August and early September 1942, the 16 ID (Mot) consolidated its positions and mobile units were tasked in order to maintain liaison with the 4º Romanian Army to the north and Felmy Corps to the south; in the latter coexisted elements of various nationalities including: Turkish, Indian and middle Eastern Arabs.

Since late August 1942, the Kradsch. Btl 165 was assembled in Utta, oasis which had been conquered on August 31, 1942. In early September 1942, the battle group of IR 60 (Mot) moved further towards Astrakan, conquering the fortified oasis of Chalchuta.

Sources: http://home.arcor.de/axel.strube/Berich ... ender.html
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Post by tigre » Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:44 am

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Operations on the Kalmuck Steppe - 1942.

3. Operations on the steppe.

From the base of operations in Utta, the Kradsch . Btl 165 carried out its long-distance patrols in the direction of the Caspian Sea and Astrakhan. On September 13, 1942 were sent four vehicle patrols under the command of Leutnant Schröder, Oberleutnant Gottlieb, Leutnant Schliep and Leutnant Hilger. The first patrol in charge of Leutnant Schröder, however was unlucky and in the first clash with the enemy, Schröder fell in action and were wounded Fw. Waismayer and the translator Maresch; the patrol returned to Utta.

Then Oberleutnant Euler took over, and the patrol left again on September 14. The patrols were composed up of volunteers and had the following organization: Patrol leader, messenger, driver and radio operator, a motorcyclist Platoon, a Platoon with 3 anti-tank guns, a squad of engineers and two light armored vehicles with 20 mm cannons; the logistical support consisted of 2 cistern trucks (water), 2 cistern trucks (fuel), a truck with supplies and a workshop truck.

Sources: http://home.arcor.de/axel.strube/Berich ... ender.html
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Long-range Reconnaissance to Astrakhan. Hitler moves East. Paul Carell.
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Post by tigre » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:36 am

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Operations on the Kalmuck Steppe - 1942.

3. Operations on the steppe.

The task for those patrols was as follows:

I. Discover if and where the enemy is feeding forces into the gap between the Terek and the Volga, whether he is making attempts to cross the Volga, where enemy strongpoints are located, and if any troop movements can be located on the
Stalingrad-Astrakhan shore road.

2. Carefully reconnoiter road conditions, the condition of the Caspian coast and the west bank of the Volga as well as the previously unknown Kizlyar-Astrakhan rail line.

The patrol led by Oberleutnant Gottlieb continued along the route to Astrakhan and when it reached Justa turned northeast. After traveling north-northeast across dunes and grassy areas of the steppe, reached the road Asthakhan - Stalingrad northwest of Lenino, there the Soviet trucks travelled toward Jenatewsk. The next day the patrol continued to Tschanyn Ulan and then headed to Sadowka; on September 16 (third day of the patrol) they were 5 kilometers west of Sadowka, 7 kilometers from the western branch of the Volga and 35 kilometers northwest of Astrakhan, from the nearby dunes the German soldiers could see the outskirts of the city and the margin of the Volga, before returning to Utta with two prisoners, a Russian officer and his assistant belonging to 36 Machine Gun Battalion of the Red Army.

Sources: http://home.arcor.de/axel.strube/Berich ... ender.html
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