Incidents from the battle of france 1940.

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Re: Incidents from the battle of france 1940.

Post by tigre » Thu Dec 24, 2009 4:30 am

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Armored Infantry in Action.

The guns were hooked on to the armored train in compliance with Division orders. Likewise, the heavy machineguns were loaded on the vehicles. While the ammunition and the crews of all weapons were distributed among the infantry units. All wheeled vehicles, including motorcycles, were left behind. A radio unit loaded on an armored vehicle and assigned to the Company Commander served as liaison and contact with the battalion remaining behind temporarily. By mean of this, the various locations of all units were to be reported by prearranged signals.

At 3:55 PM the reinforced Company fell in after the reconnaissance of the route of Flancourt had been made. The Company utilized all terrain features for protection in the advance towards the enemy. An artillery section in position southwest of Flancourt was requested to support the advance of the Company by fire covering the flanks. Especial attention to the villages Assevillers, Belloy-en-Santerre, Estrees-Deniecourt, Berny-en-Santerre and Fresnes-Mazaneourt.

Source: Armored Infantry in Action. By Lieutenant Colonel JAMES . CROCKETT ,G.S.C. G-2 ARMORED FORCE. C.& G.S.S. Militarg Review Oct 1941.
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Re: Incidents from the battle of france 1940.

Post by tigre » Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:54 am

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Armored Infantry in Action.

On crossing the Highway Assevillers—Barleux, the Company attached several scattered infantry units whose attack had been halted by enemy machine-gun fire. Having barely crossed the road, the Company met heavy machinegun and mortar fire from the village of Belloy -en-Santerre.

Without regard or distraction, the Company continued to follow the route of the tanks, which were driving a spearhead towards Ablaincourt.

At the Highway Estrèes - Deniecourt, Villers-Carbonnel., hostile artillery opened fire attempting to prevent our crossing the road, Machine-gun fire came from Estrèes-Deniecourt and Berny en Santerre.

In spite of heavy firing, the enemy failed to deter the Company as it continued the march by detour around the points of artillery concentration.

A narrow path between Estrèes-Deniecourt and Berny en-Smterre was traversed at a high rate of speed under heavy enemy machine gun fire from both sides.

Source: Armored Infantry in Action. By Lieutenant Colonel JAMES . CROCKETT ,G.S.C. G-2 ARMORED FORCE. C.& G.S.S. Militarg Review Oct 1941.
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Re: Incidents from the battle of france 1940.

Post by tigre » Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:11 am

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Armored Infantry in Action.

Approximately 700 yards west of Berny-en-Santerre, a battery of our own artillery was met. It had found protection in a gully after being unable to follow the Tank Regiments.

This battery, which was sorely needed, was attached to the Company and placed in its center. The Company continued the march.

Shortly before arriving at the high ground east of Ablaincourt, the Company was halted by strong machine-gun and antitank fire from an easterly direction.

Under the protection of the dismounted infantry, the battery was silenced by a few well aimed shots of our infantry guns. One of our guns directed its fire on the village of Fresnes which was strongly occupied, and from which a hostile company emerged an a counterattack mission. A platoon of the company effectively supported by the guns (self-propelled) pushed the enemy back, thus enabling the company to gain the heights and prepare for defense.

Source: Armored Infantry in Action. By Lieutenant Colonel JAMES . CROCKETT ,G.S.C. G-2 ARMORED FORCE. C.& G.S.S. Militarg Review Oct 1941.
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Re: Incidents from the battle of france 1940.

Post by tigre » Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:48 am

Hello to all ; the last part.........

Armored Infantry in Action.

The Company gained the high ground east of Ablaincourt as directed.

The armored train was sent back, weakly manned as ordered. The leader of this column, acting quickly and decisively, eliminated a machine gun nest, which in the meantime had taken up a position to the rear between Estrees-Deniecourt and Berny-en-Santerre.

An attack of strong enemy forces, consisting of two companies and supported by several tanks which appeared from Marchelepot. was repulsed with the aid of the battery (self-propelled). The attackers were almost completely wiped out by the fire of the artillery, the machine guns, the infantry howitzers, and the other heavy weapons.

Those left were taken prisoner and removed to the rear. During this engagement, we succeeded in reestablishing contact with our tanks which were approximately one mile to the south. The reconnaissance troop having reported the village Ablaincourt to be occupied by the enemy, the village was covered with fire from our infahtry guns and the unit of heavy weapons with such effect that the intended counterattack was prevented.

One hour having meanwhile elapsed, our armored train now returned loaded with the men of the Second Company. They had hardly arrived in the area of the support point when four or five enemy tanks appeared and attacked from the direction of Marchelepot. The fire of our artillery meeting them, the enemy suddenly swung about and disappeared southeast towards Marchelepot. This attack of the enemy was supported by four bombers and several Morane fighters which attacked our support point from an extremely low altitude, setting one of our battery ammunition trucks on fire with bombs.

Thus an outstanding success was achieved by the establishment of a strong support point in the rear of the enemy, without serious loss. This achievement was mainly due to the exemplary coordination of the artillery section and the battery which joined the company en route.

Source: Armored Infantry in Action. By Lieutenant Colonel JAMES . CROCKETT ,G.S.C. G-2 ARMORED FORCE. C.& G.S.S. Militarg Review Oct 1941.
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Re: Incidents from the battle of france 1940.

Post by tigre » Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:39 am

Hello to all :D; hey this time a little info and a request..........

Meuse River Crossing by Givet.

The withrawal of the French III./ 16 RI.

The III./ 16 RI which was occupying defensive positions on the western bank of the Meuse and was now retreating closely followed by the enemy, had reached the little town of Doische on May 15 1940 at 07:00 hours; it thought there was located its regimental CP in order to ask for a new defensive line.

However, two shots fired on them were the signal that the town already had been seized by the enemy. The battalion proceeded towards Gimnèe – Romerèe, where the French could detect German tanks (7 Pz?).

The French unit continued its retreat to Montagne la Grande, which also had been occupied by that time by German tanks. It was already 14:00 hours. The Commander resolved to wait hidden within the woods till nightfall for resuming the withdrawal, but around 16:00 hours, the enemy mopped out the zone and the whole battalion was taken as prisoners, as well it was the bulk of the regiment.

Source: Ejemplos de Historia de Guerra. Coronel M. Suarez. Círculo Militar.

So anyone here could kindly tell me which German unit got across the Meuse by Givet and help me with a more or less detailed account of it (I think it was the 32 ID but....). TIA. Cheers. Raúl M 8).
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Re: Incidents from the battle of france 1940.

Post by tigre » Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:03 pm

Hello to all :D; here goes another little tale on this campaign.....................

Support of Infantry Regiment by a Light Artillery Battalion.

Following its employment at Peronne, the light artillery battalion, which smelled powder for the first time during that engagement, was re-grouped within the division. It remained near Ham on the Somme for ten days. This was World War terrain. The Somme Canal, which extends along the Somme River closely to the west thereof, is lined for miles with poplar trees standing close together. They obstruct the view of the opposite bank. A small degree of observation to the other side is possible from the higher buildings and towers of Ham.

The Somme Canal crosses the southern part of the city of Ham. The battery observers had to go into the houses on the near bank of the canal in order to direct the fire on the well fortified enemy positions which were scarcely 100 yards away on the other side. The french troops consisted of selected men—Alpine chasseurs. They were concealed behind walls and windows and in trees. Their marksmen inflicted casualties among our observers and telephone operators.

Slightly rolling terrain made it necessary to search carefully for positions affording cover. Satisfactory positions were only available five kilometers from the near side of the Somme. The French artillery was wide awake. Their observation posts must have also been in higher buildings on the opposite side of the Somme affording a good view. They directed harassing fire at the exits of the city and at neighboring villages. It consisted of irregular single rounds intermingled with sudden bursts of fire. Casualties were sustained among our drivers and horses. The battalion command post was repeatedly caught under well-directed fire of a French battery with several hundred rounds. However, the casualties were small, either because of a wonder or because they were well dug in.

Source: Fuentes: Battle of the Somme. Maj. Reinicke. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XXI. Nº 83.
Frankreich Fällt. Oswald Zenkner.
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Re: Incidents from the battle of france 1940.

Post by Domen123 » Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:33 am

Main battles fought by Polish units in France in 1940:

1. Dywizja Grenadierów:

ALTWILLER-LENING (26 May - 15 June 1940),
DIEUZE (16 June 1940),
LAGARDE (17 - 18 June 1940),
BACCARAT (19 - 20 June 1940),

10. Brygada Kawalerii Pancernej:

CHAMPAUBERT (13 June 1940),
MONTMIRAIL (14 June 1940),
MONTGIVROUX (15 June 1940),
MONTBARD (16 - 17 June 1940),

2. Dywizja Strzelców Pieszych:

CLOS-DU-DOUBS (18 - 19 June 1940),

Samodzielna Brygada Strzelców Podhalańskich:

DOL-COMBOURG (18 June 1940)

Is anything about these battles written in German sources?

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Re: Incidents from the battle of france 1940.

Post by tigre » Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:27 pm

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Support of Infantry Regiment by a Light Artillery Battalion.

Finally on the morning of 5 June the long awaited assault commenced. Following the artillery preparation against the points where the breakthrough was to take place, infantry commenced the attack over the Somme at 5:35 AM.

Artillery lieutenants as advance observers led the attack with the company commanders across the canal. At several places where well-directed artillery fire kept the enemy down it was possible for a few companies to get a foothold on the opposite side. In difficult fighting against concealed and flanking machine guns it was only possible on 5 June, however, to establish shallow bridgeheads at a few places south of Ham.

On the following morning, 6 June, at about 11:00 AM the artillery battalion commander received the following verbal order from the commander of the artillery regiment at the regimental command post.

“This afternoon the division will attack with Infantry Regiment ‘X’ (heretofore division reserve) in the area on both sides of Offoy in order to force a crossing over the Somme. The 3rd Artillery Battalion and 4th Artillery Battalion will support the attack of Infantry Regiment ‘X."
“The artillery battalion will remain in its present firing positions. (Just north of Sancourt. )
“However, the observation posts will take position along the road Toulle- Matigny at places in conformity with the mission. ”

Reconnaissance disclosed the following:

Artillery battalion command post 200 yards south of the crossroad in Matigny.
Observation post of the 9th Battery as call battery in immediate vicinity.
Observation post of the 7th Battery in the last house of Matigny on the road leading to Toulle.
Observation post of the 8th Battery in the open field south of the road about one kilometer southeast of Matigny.

Source: Fuentes: Battle of the Somme. Maj. Reinicke. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XXI. Nº 83.
Frankreich Fällt. Oswald Zenkner.
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Re: Incidents from the battle of france 1940.

Post by tigre » Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:32 pm

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Support of Infantry Regiment by a Light Artillery Battalion.

The observations posts, in this set-up were very far (two to three kilometers) to the side of the line of fire. This disadvantage had to be accepted, because a change of position of the batteries behind their new observation posts could not be completed by afternoon, and also because of the scarcity of positions affording cover and the large number of batteries already there. Later it was found that the disadvantage of having the observation posts so far to the side presented no handicap because of the nature of the fire.

Visibility from these observation posts was restricted by the poplar trees along the Somme Canal. The batteries were ordered to send advance observers to the front. In addition the artillery liaison section was employed which established liaison with the 2d Battalion of Infantry Regiment “X" at Offoy.

The laying of telephone wires to the new observation posts was difficult in the great heat. Available motor vehicles of the battalion were used to lay the wire and transport the telephone equipment and telephone operators. The artillery battalion command post was established in an old trench of the World War. In the vicinity were ruins of World War houses.

During the afternoon it was received the following order :

“Hour of attack: 7:00 PM.
“Direction of attack of Infantry Regiment ‘X (center line of attack) : western edge of Offoy-HiII 70 (one kilometer east of Hombleux) — Esmery Hallon (church) .“

In addition the artillery battalion commander received a verbal order from the artillery regiment commander for brief artillery preparation, as well as a simple firing plan inscribed on map 1:50,000 and the designation of the artillery concentration. As it was impossible to reconnoiter the individual areas of enemy resistance, the artillery battalion was assigned an impact area several hundred meters wide immediately on the far side of the Somme Canal about one kilometer southwest of Offoy. The battalion was to direct creeping (barrage) fire over this area. Adjacent on the right was the 4th (heavy) Artillery Battalion. A smoke screen battery adjoining was to put down a smoke screen.

Source: Fuentes: Battle of the Somme. Maj. Reinicke. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XXI. Nº 83.
Frankreich Fällt. Oswald Zenkner.
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Post by tigre » Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:22 am

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Support of Infantry Regiment by a Light Artillery Battalion.

The firing plan read as follows:

a. 7:00 to 7:05 PM.—Fire directly behind the Somme. (Infantry Regiment “X” will attack and cross the Somme at 7:00 PM.)
b. 7:05 to 7:10 PM-First lengthening of fire by 100 meters.
c. 7:10 to 7:15 PM.—Second lengthening of fire by 100 meters.

The number of rounds per period “a” to “c” were about 12 to 30 rounds per battery with mi increase in the rapidity of fire at 7:05 PM and at 7:10 PM.

As firing for range was forbidden for reasons of surprise, the data for firing had to be taken from map 1:50,000 (enlargement of map 1 :80,000). There was no weather report. The map data was used without corrections of any kind. During the preceding days it had been found that there was little difference between the map range and the range determined by firing.

The battalion urgently needed ammunition for this mission. The 8th and 9th Batteries still had about 360 rounds each, but the 7th Battery had only 78 ronnds. It was to be expected that considerable ammunition would be required after the prescribed firing plan had been executed. In order to get tbe ammunition in time, that was requisitioned in the afternoon. The adjutant of the battalion was sent by motorcycle to escort the division ammunition supply column from the railhead at Forreste (two kilometers northeast of Douilly) direct to the firing positions. It was possible to drive the ammunition trucks up to the 7th and 8th Batteries. The 9th Battery sent for its ammunition which arrived at 7:30 PM.

Source: Fuentes: Battle of the Somme. Maj. Reinicke. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XXI. Nº 83.
Frankreich Fällt. Oswald Zenkner.
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Re: Incidents from the battle of france 1940.

Post by tigre » Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:02 pm

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Support of Infantry Regiment by a Light Artillery Battalion.

All batteries of the battalion opened fire punctually at 7:00 PM. There was some concern as to whether it would be accurate due to the incomplete firing data. Soon smoke clouds became visible in the full width of the battalion, emanating, from the impacts behind the trees of the Somme Canal. The fire was nearly all right laterally. At the first lengthening of the fire a lateral dispersion was noticeable, caused by the oblique direction of fire of the batteries.

The artillery battalion commander therefore had all batteries direct their fire 100 yards farther to the left, the particular object being the area directly behind the bridge southwest of Offoy where enemy resistance was still assumed to be. Shortly thereafter, the artillery liaison section reported that the fire was correct.

In the Somme Valley rifle and machine-gun fire livened up again. At about 8:00 PM the artillery liaison section reported that parts of the 2d (right) Infantry Battalion had succeeded in crossing the canal, but that there was still some fighting with individual marksmen in trees. Similar reports were received from advance observers of the batteries. A pioneer company was ordered to rebuild the demolished bridge at Offoy.

Source: Fuentes: Battle of the Somme. Maj. Reinicke. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XXI. Nº 83.
Frankreich Fällt. Oswald Zenkner.
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Post by tigre » Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:20 pm

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Support of Infantry Regiment by a Light Artillery Battalion.

The artillery battalion commander then decided to move one battery up to the front and later to move up the other batteries in order to keep his battalion up with the attack. However, as the bridge was not yet completed, the battery had to go into position on the near side of the Somme near the bridge at Offoy. At the same time a position for one of the other two batteries was reconnoitered.

However, the following picture presented itself at the front at about 9:00 PM:

“The combat situation is still unsettled. In the Somme Valley there is still lively rifle fire. In the high poplars along the Somme Canal there are still mans riflemen. Construction of the bridge could, therefore, not yet be commenced. The 1st (left) Infantry Battalion has not yet succeeded in crossing to the other side. It is also subjected to flanking fire from the left from the neighborhood of Canizy where strong enemy forces are still located. ”

From this picture the following estimate of the situation was arrived at:

“The enemy in the Somme Valley near Offoy can consist only of individual sharpshooters in trees, who are rendering scattered resistance. As parts of the right infantry battalion have crossed the canal, it will soon get rid of this resistance. It is not possible for the artillery battalion to combat the sharpshooters concealed in the trees".

Source: Fuentes: Battle of the Somme. Maj. Reinicke. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XXI. Nº 83.
Frankreich Fällt. Oswald Zenkner.
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Post by tigre » Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:54 pm

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Support of Infantry Regiment by a Light Artillery Battalion.

“It is imperative that the artillery battalion bring up its artillery by echelons in order that at least one or two batteries remain close to the advancing infantry regiment. The flanking effect of the enemy at Canizy makes it difficult for the batteries to move up along the northern bank of the canal which is under enemy observation. However, the present artillery positions are too far to the rear for the continuation of the battle.

The distance from the positions to the Somme Valley is about five kilometers. It is therefore necessary to bring up at least one battery at once despite the unsettled situation on the left flank. Although tbe battery will remain inactive for the remainder of the day, because darkness has set in, it will be on hand in the morning when the attack is continued. ”

The 7th Battery was ordered to go into position immediately north of Offoy. The battery commander drove up at once by motorcycle to reconnoiter an observation post at the southern edge of Offoy and to establish liaison with the infantry battalion located there. In the meantime, darkness set in and the rifle fire in the Somme Valley subsided.

Source: Fuentes: Battle of the Somme. Maj. Reinicke. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XXI. Nº 83.
Frankreich Fällt. Oswald Zenkner.
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Post by tigre » Sat Nov 20, 2010 4:24 am

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Support of Infantry Regiment by a Light Artillery Battalion.

At 10:01 PM the artillery battalion commander received the following verbal order from the commander of the artillery regiment at the regimental command post in Toulle:

“Division orders have placed the 3d Artillery Battalion under Infantry Regiment ‘X.’ Enemy resistance has weakened.
“Continuation of the attack tomorrow morning, 7 June, at 6:00 AM. “To this end the artillery battalion will have two batteries in position immediately north of the Somme Valley at break of day tomorrow morning.”

The artillery battalion commander tried to get in touch at once with the commander of Infantry Regiment “X.” After some search in the dark he found him at 11:00 PM in a farm house in the southwestern part of Toulle and reported to him.

The commander of Infantry Regiment “X” advised the artillery battalion commander regarding the situation and the plan as follows:

“The (right) 2d Infantry Battalion has crossed the Somme Canal and has advanced several hundred yards. Enemy resistance has weakened in front of the (left) 1st Infantry Battalion. At the moment, there is a pause in the fighting.

“Tomorrow morning at 6:00 AM the regiment will continue the attack over the Somme in the same set-up as heretofore.

“First attack objective Hill 70, one kilometer east of HombIeu; then Esmery HalIon.

“Dividing line betweem 2d and 1st Infantry Battalions: Hill 70-church-Esmery Hallon.

“To this end the 3d Artillery Battalion will combat possible enemy resistance in the neighborhood of Hill 70. However, in case the advance is rapid it should keep up close with the regiment. As soon as the bridge southwest of Offoy has been completed by the pioneers, the artillery battalion wiIl immediately go into position on the southern side.

“I will be at the southwestern exit of Offoy tomorrow morning, and later at the railroad stop, one kilometer west of Offoy.”

Source: Fuentes: Battle of the Somme. Maj. Reinicke. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XXI. Nº 83.
Frankreich Fällt. Oswald Zenkner.
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Post by tigre » Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:13 pm

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Support of Infantry Regiment by a Light Artillery Battalion.

Thereupon, the artillery battalion commander decided to bring up the 8th Battery also during the night, into the position reconnoitered northwest of Offoy.

At about midnight, the battery commanders were informed by telephone from the battalion command post regarding the situation and the plan of attack for the following morning. The 8th Battery commander was ordered to go into the new position. He was taken along by automobile to the new position. Shortly after midnight, in a starlit but moonless night, a position which appeared suitable to a certain degree was found and assigned to the battery commander.

In the meantime, the 7th Battery had already commenced changing positions. Before midnight, it had taken up the new position north of Offoy. The 8th Battery commenced changing positions after midnight. At daybreak on 7 June, both batteries were in position near Offoy. The battery commanders were ordered to cross the Somme with the attackhg units and get in touch with the artillery battalion commander at the railroad stop, -one kilometer west of Offoy. There was some tension as to what amount of resistance the enemy would offer on the following morning.

Source: Fuentes: Battle of the Somme. Maj. Reinicke. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XXI. Nº 83.
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