I’m wonder if somebody could help me further with a research am doing about a specific part in the early days of May 1940.
On 13 & 14 May, SS-VT Reg.Deutschland & Germania came through my village (Essen-Belgium) and fought in that area…(Essen, Wildert, Kalmthout, Achterbroek)
At this time: Essen was called (Esschen) and Kalmthout (calmthout)
Parts from these two Regiments crossed the border (Holland/Belgium) at Zundert & Achtmaal and especially Germania received their first big counterattack at a small village "Achterbroek".
Some pictures from the book: Waffen-SS im Westen, by Friedrich Zschäckel are taken in that village (from that PAK grew).
Several soldiers from Germania been killed in Achterbroek;
Obersturmführer: Hans Metscher, who drove on a mine during reconnaissance.
Rottenführer; Jozef Rieck (Riek)
Sturmmann: Eduard Heyer
Oberscharführer: Bernhard Ballman
Sturmmann: Kurt Freumuth
The only information that I could find about Achterbroek, are a couple of pictures and a testimony from a soldier in the book (Division Das Reich 1940-1941) from Otto Weidinger on page 82.
I drive almost weekly on this road, and through this village. I always wonder what really happened here.
Germania reports say that it was their first battle and dead from the regiment in the campaign against France. So, I’m wonder if someone could help me further and have: pictures, documents,war diary or any information about this part on 13 & 14 may 1940.
Please, all information is really appreciated! I'm happy to pay for useful information!
Thanks an kind regards,