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The VIII AK in Upper Silesia.
The VIII. AK had attacked the Operational Group Silesia (General Sadowski) - GO Slask - from the west, rejecting the left wing of the 55 DP (Res) on Zora and the 23 DP on Tychy. Despite the strong resistance expected in the area of action of both German divisions (the 28. ID was to attack a wooded area and the 8. ID was to attack a fortified zone), the Army Corps did not issue a general time of attack. The 28. ID set the time of the attack at 05:00 AM and the 8. ID did it at 07:30 hours; but at 05:30 hours the 8. ID received the order to engage the enemy around Wyry as to cover the northern flank of the 28. ID.
September 2, 1939 dawned with a dense fog; as ordered by the Commander of the Army Corps, the 8. ID should take advantage of the artillery fire and the fog to storm the Polish positions at 06:30 hours (the division had assembled a mass of 27 artillery batteries). Erich Mende recalled, the company received as attack direction the heights Nikolai-Tychy and should reach the deposits of gangue (Coalfield) around Orzesche. On this day the 2. / IR 84 lost his chief Oberleutnant Fiedler and Leutnant Erich Mende took over it.
In the early hours of the morning the attack of both divisions of infantry won but little ground. During the late morning the 28. ID could finally penetrate the wooded area located northeast of Gostyn and then broke through the enemy positions. The Commander of the Army Corps had considered that the 28. ID shift their last regiment (IR 7) to Kobior on the southern flank of the adversary and reinforced it with the Pi. 47, but taking in account the news of the break in Gostyn brought by the wounded Quartermaster of the Army Corps, Hauptmann i.G. Barchewitz, the order was changed and was committed there the reserve regiment of the Army Corps, the IR 28. At dusk the Division had reached the eastern edge of the wooded area with its southern elements, while the other regiments, including the IR 28 were staggered more to the left. After breaking the fortified positions in Gostyn, the IR 7 reached Chelm.
The attack of the 8. ID had little success in the early hours of the morning. Around noon it had conquered half of Laziska. The day was very foggy so affected the observation of the effects of the artillery fire. However the attack finally stopped altogether. To resume it again, the Commander of the Army Corps now moved all the artillery, including that belonging to the 28. ID towards Wyry. Also to cover the expanding northern flank of the 8. ID, the 239. ID due north of the 8. ID, advanced on Gieraltowitz and Ornontowitz having the Height 340 west of Wiry as it objective. At dusk the division reached Bujakow and managed to deploy part of its artillery.
The 8. ID never could take advantage of the the mass of the artillery support, due to liaison problems mainly because Polish soldiers scattered around the area cut the cables. But despite all in the evening the division managed to penetrate into enemy positions in Wyry. For the next day it was anticipated the continuation of the rupture towards the Vistula River. The IR 28 returned to the 8. ID and to clear the big wooded area around Kobior was engaged there the SS-Standarte Germania, the last reserve of the Army Corps.
On the second day of the war, the armored train No. 54 "Grozny" covered the Polish infantry near the town of Tychy (south of Katowice) and supported the attack of the III./ 75 pp (23 DP). Polish infantry attacked southward along the railway line. Although the enemy had positions in the forest, the train moved with the first line of attack, causing heavy losses to the III. / IR 48 (28 ID). After the Poles forced the Germans to withdraw from the forest, the train was used to evacuate the wounded to Tychy.
In the afternoon it returned to action. The attempt to use the assault platoon failed because the fire of enemy machine guns and mortars. The train delayed the enemy until evening, despite several attack from artillery and from the air. Unfortunately, at the end of the fight, Cpt. Rybczyński was killed while on a reconnaissance in a light tank. The command was assumed by Cpt. Józef Kulesza and the train was moved to the small town of Mysłowice (Myslowitz), according to the orders of the Polish Army Commander.
Sources: Das Verdammte gewissen. Leutnant Erich Mende.
VIII AK Ia KTB - Sep 1939.
Cheers. Raúl M
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.