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With the 3 Pz through Poland – September 1939.
War. Sept 01 1939. The Kradsch. Btl 3 Poland – Sep 1939.
The Kradsch. Btl 3 was part of the 3. Pz under Oberstleutnant v. Manteufel. The 1./ Kradsch. Btl 3 under Oberleutnant v. Cochenhausen, the 2./ Kradsch. Btl 3 under Hauptmann Pape and the 3./ Kradsch. Btl 3 under Oberleutnant Adler.
Fully equipped and ready to march..........
The Kradsch. Btl 3 got across the borderline at 05:00 setting up behind the Panzerbrigade.
Kamiena – 01 Sep 1939.
The 7./Pz.Rgt.6 under Hptm.Friedrichs encountered heavy enemy resistance at Groß-Klonia as the fog disappeared. Two tanks were destroyed by a hidden AT-gun. Also the following infantry came under enemy fire and had to stop. The II./A.R.75 moved forward and the 3./K.3 under Oberleutnant Adler, should attack the enemy positions with the fire support furnished by te 5./AR 75; later was engaged the 1./ Kradsch. Btl 3 (Oberleutnant v.Cochenhausen)also and attacked against the woods on foot.
Polish POWs taken at Groß-Klonia – 01 Septiembre de 1939.
Before Gross Klonia we Could not see more than 20 meters….
Short rest at Groß-Klonia the first day of the campaign.
After clearing the woods the Kradsch. Btl 3 proceeded to Bagnitz, in the lead a recce patrol under Uffz Petreins.
Through the Tucheler Heide..............
The “Tücheler Heide” it could not be erased from our minds. We were happy when it was left behind; but yet more pain was lying before us.
Here was placed a polish cannon.
Slowly we pressed on towards Hammermühle. From there, Uffz Dreger and Schütze …moved 50 – 100 meters ahead of our company as security.
In the afternoon Guderian orders the division not to stop but to cross the Brahe river. About 3km south of the railroad the 2./K.3 with assistance of pioneers crosses the Brahe followed by 3./K.3 and the 1.Kp. in the night. By midnight Hammermühle was burning and the 3 Pz was far ahead in front of the Corps.
Sources: Memorias de un Soldado. Heinz Guderian. Círculo Militar. Buenos aires.
KTB des Genralkommando XIX AK – Feldzug in Polen.
Geschichte der Panzerregiment 5. Kapitel 3.
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