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Surroundings of Piatek - September 1939.
The advance continued without pause. It was thus arrived at the ninth day of march, September 9, 1939. The division was overextended. The unit had to cover a distance of 30 km. Now it was approaching the area between Kutno and Lodz. On the left flank was the Polish army coming from the north, which had gathered around Kutno, and its breakthrough towards the south should be avoided. Farther on the right flank were the own troops in a hard battle; for them the Division represented the only cover against the Poles in the north, near Kutno. As a long chain marched the division between both sides with its double mission, entirely on its own and without the support of special weapons. But it had the weapons and equipment of an active infantry division and knew how to make good use of it.
In the afternoon of September 8, 1939, the leader of the 2nd Platoon of the 3rd Company (Pi. Btl 30) was given the task of exploring from Piatek, about 20 kilometers east of Leczyca, heading north to no man's land in order to check the location and nature of the bridges over the Bzura, located about 7 kms north of Piatek. With a force of 4 soldiers the patrol left in a light vehicle. Without resistance the patrol reached the heights south of the Bzura. The river valley was about 1 kilometer wide. The path ran along an embankment approximately 1,20 meters high and with a lot of vegetation at the edges. The valley was dry. A first bridge over a tributary was intact, the second about 100 meters as well. On the third bridge, near the far end of the valley were soldiers. Assuming the soldiers were German, the patrol approached the bridge. Both sides were surprised to be face to face with the enemy. The German patrol was able to escape with one WIA, the vehicle received several shots, mainly in the pneumatic boat in the back of the car.
On September 9, 1939, the platoon commander was ordered to prepare for demolition the three bridges on the Bzura reconnoitered the day before without infantry cover. However, it was only possible to reach the first bridge. On the other two bridges there was already strong Polish security. Under a strong hostile fire the bridge was prepared for a demolition with electric detonators. The cable was about 200 meters long, the demolition device was at the southern end of the valley. By the 18:00 hours arrived an infantry company, the 9 or 10./ IR 6 under Oberleutnant Lübbe, and occupied a defensive position. The platoon of the 3rd Company was replaced by a Platoon of the 1st Company under Leutnant Kaiser.
The ignition line was still intact. As night fell, on 9 September 1939, the Poles attacked in strength in order to force the breakthrough towards Lodz (Litzmannstadt). The demolition of the bridge failed. The cable was apparently destroyed by artillery fire. On the night of September 10, 1939, the infantry company was overrun, Oberleutnant Lübbe was KIA. The Poles continued the penetration towards Piatek during the night ...................
Sketch of Piatek and its surroundings ............................................ ....
Death card of Oberleutnant Lübbe .........................................
Sources: Männer der Nordmark an der Bzura Dr. Christian Kinder.
PIONIER BATAILLON 30. GESCHICHTE 1936-45. PIONIER KAMERADSCHAFT LÜBECK.
Http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli ... at30-R.htm
Http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 0#p1870476
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