Military operations in southern Poland 1939.

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Re: Military operations in southern Poland 1939.

Post by tigre » Sat Oct 22, 2016 4:29 pm

Hello neonors :D; something dealing with it.......................

The VIII AK in Upper Silesia.

On Aug 31 1939 at 19:00 hours, the 2. Company of I./ IR 84 (Major d.R. Henrici) under Oberleutnant Fiedler left its garrisons at Keithkasernen heading towards the Schönwald through the Paul-Keller’s street; several families from Gleiwitz were lined up on either side of the road. The night from Aug 31 to Sep 01 1939 was clear and cool, the temperature was some ºC over zero. We wore dark camouflages over ours uniforms. The Company was deployed on the ground as follows: 1. Platoon right, 2. Platoon left and 3. Platoon as reserve. To the Left was Oberleutnant Schlabitz’s 1. Company of I./ IR 84.

At the end of August 1939, the regiment (IR 7 - Oberst Wolf Boysen) left its barracks and marched eastward. In Ratibor it was used to dig trenches.

On Sep 01, 1939 at 04:45 hours all the divisions of the VIII. Army Corps under General d Inf Ernst Busch crossed the border of the Reich. The 28 ID (Generalleutnant v. Obstfelder) advanced in the direction of Orzesze without enemy resistance; the IR 7 crossed the Polish frontier near Nieder-Wilcza. In the forest between the road Orzesze - Bujakow, Gostyn and Laziska it found the first weaker resistance, which could be broken quickly.

The 8 ID (Generalleutnant Koch) met some resistance after entering in Polish territory, the I./IR 84 of Major d.R. Henrici found resistance in the border town of Knurow but after several fire blows of the machine guns, the Poles left the spot and the Platoon of Leutnant Erich Mende reached coverless ground between Ornontowitz and Orzesze where it received artillery fire and underwent the first casualty Schütze Mendla (KIA); IR 38 (Oberst Sczelinski) crossed the border with Gleiwitz at 05:00 hours. In the next two days, the unit fought several skirmishes with the field positions at Nikolai and Wyry-Tychy.

Both divisions had reached the highway Orzesze - Bujakow almost at the same time. In the wooded area between that route, Gostyn and laziska were located Polish advance posts which withdrew that very afternoon. Around 17:00 hours, the 28 ID was in front of the Polish Main defensive positions composed of wire obstacles and half finished forts, especially the III. /IR 49 found serious resistance in the neighborhoods of Gostyn offered by the 2. Fortress Company (Maj Amon) . Still in the late afternoon the division took the wooded land lying there, but it could not carry out yet the order of the Commander of the Division to break through that defensive zone.

The 8 ID could take Laziska against heavy infantry resistance with artillery support and brought forward the mass of its artillery, which took firing positions in the neighborhood of Laziska - Orzesze. The Commander of the Army Corps had the impression that the breakthrough of the enemy defensive position would take place in the sector of the 28 ID and directed the reserve of the Army Corps, the IR 28, behind that division. At dusk came the order from the Army Corps stating that the attack should be continued in its respective zones of action.

Leutnant Erich Mende (2. /IR 84) stated that: finally at dusk the German shells whistled over our heads towards the Polish positions in Orzesche. That night we freezed miserably. The Army Corps' HQ was set in a Community house in Orzesze; with the advent of the night, also came the shots because supposedly some "insurgents" had attacked the German troops .....................

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March of IR 83 (28. ID) - First days of the campaign................................

Sources: Das Verdammte gewissen. Leutnant Erich Mende.
VIII AK Ia KTB - Sep 1939.
http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli ... 28ID-R.htm
http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli ... /8ID-R.htm
http://odkrywca.pl/49-i-83-infanterie-r ... 48231.html

Cheers. Raúl M 8).
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Re: Military operations in southern Poland 1939.

Post by noeneors » Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:39 am

Marvellous. Many thanks for your reply.
No more explanation about the dates in october?
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Re: Military operations in southern Poland 1939.

Post by tigre » Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:49 am

Hello Noeneors :D; you mean September? because by October 1939 both divisions were in Germany. Cheers. Raúl M 8).
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Re: Military operations in southern Poland 1939.

Post by noeneors » Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:00 am

Hi Tigre...
I apologize. I believe 14th army continue opérations until mid october as other units.
I any case a big thank for your reply
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Re: Military operations in southern Poland 1939.

Post by tigre » Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:32 am

Hello neonors :D; something more.......................

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.
http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli ... 28ID-R.htm
http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli ... /8ID-R.htm
http://odkrywca.pl/49-i-83-infanterie-r ... 48231.html

Cheers. Raúl M 8).
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Re: Military operations in southern Poland 1939.

Post by tigre » Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:01 pm

Hello to all :D; something more.......................

Military operations in southern Poland.

The Pz Abt 33 (4. Le Div) in Rabka September 5, 1939.

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A Panzerbefehlswagen I (Sd Kfz 265) negotiating a dirty Polish road......................................


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A Pz Kw I Ausf. A on the move......................................................................

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A light armored column on the move; in the lead a Pz Kw II Ausf A/B/C and in the background a Pz Kw Ausf a/b ..................

Sources: http://odkrywca.pl/panzer-1939-czesc-11 ... tml#687400

Cheers. Raúl M 8).
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