Lt. Karl G. Buck; KIA near Zamocz; Sept 20, 1939
Very nice find! One completely new officer to the list!
Zamocz; Sept 20, 1939
Correct spelling is Zamosc. According to KTB of 4. Lei.Div., on 20 September Aufkl.Rgt.9 fought in Czesniki (which is a village located ca. 17 km from Zamosc via road - see the map in the link below):http://mapy.emiejsca.pl/zamosc-czesniki,dojazd.html
So he was most likely KIA in the battle of Czesniki.
Battle of Czesniki beginned in the evening of 20.09. with Polish forces attacking & capturing villages Czesniki and Bozy Dar - enemy forces (parts of 4. Lei.Div.) encountered there fell back southwards and occupied new defensive position along the line of forests & hills. Poles reported capturing cars and motorcycles.
Battle in the area of Czesniki lasted for the next 48 hours (until evening 22.09.), but that's another story.
When it comes to Zamosc - there were fights there in the night from 19.09. to 20.09. But AA.9 was not there then - there were II./KSR.10, I./AR.102 & 2./PAA.50 of 4. Lei.Div. + parts of 2. Pz.Div (Gruppe Stollbrock). Zamosc was attacked by Polish 2nd reserve Inf.Rgt. under Lt.Col. S. Gumowski (2 battalions) of 29. Inf.Brig. Polish infantry advanced into the town, but was repulsed by counterattack, suffering heavy losses.
Maybe he was not from AA.9, but from AA.5 (2. Pz.Div.) or AA.27 (27. Inf.Div.) - there is also such an option. But I'm not sure if these units fought in or near Zamosc on 20 September. I don't have info about exact composition of Gruppe Stollbrock. Here is what ww2 day by day says about that night fight in Zamosc:
Kradschtz.Btl.2: 3:00 the 7./Kav.Schtz.Rgt.10 north of Zamosc is outflanked by strong enemy forces and requests tank support. Kp.Seidensticker was already alarmed and platoon Stotten is sent north to clear the situation. The platoon recaptures the barracks and clears the northern part of Zamosc together with 7./Kav.Schtz.R.10.
At the crack of dawn several enemy soldiers are captured including the commanding Lt.Col. of the attacking polish battalion.
3:30 The rest of Kp.Seidensticker and Kpfgr.Stollbrock are attacked by elements of a polish battalion. The enemy advanced to 40m to the parking area of the Kpfgr. and attacks with handgrenades and rifles. The attack is rejected by the tank of Olt.v.Jaworski who fires 7,5cm HE grenades from 30-60m distance. The remaining tanks clear the town and the road.
Around 8:00 the fighting was over and most of the attacking polish battalion was destroyed or captured. Except a light wounded the company has no casualties.
The above fragment from ww2 day by day is a brief translation of a Bericht
from pp. 285 - 286 of divisional history of 2. Pz.Div. by Franz Josef Strauss (on pp. 285 - 286 there is Bericht uber die Tatigkeit der zur "Gruppe Stollbrock" abgestellten 4. Kompanie, Hauptmann Seidensticker, fur die Zeit vom 14. bis 22.9.1939
And here is what Polish historian Ludwik Glowacki writes about this fight (basing on account of Lt. P. Potocki - commander of march battalion of 7th Inf.Rgt. - his account is dated 07.01.1940, Paris):"In the night from 19 to 20 September (...) 2nd reserve Inf.Rgt. of 29. Inf.Brig. under Lt.Col. S. Gumowski, consisting of two battalions - march battalion of 7th Inf.Rgt. and surplus battalion of 61st Inf.Rgt. - at dawn stormed into the town. Here, however, Polish soldiers encountered massed, concentrated fire of machine guns and were attacked with hand grenades by German crew, positioned in the Zamosc prison. The attacking regiment was also constantly being attacked by German tanks*. As the result of fierce combats the regiment was shattered."
Lt.Col. S. Gumowski was WIA & captured. Remnants of 2nd Inf.Rgt. withdrew north to Panska Dolina forests (together with main forces of 29. Brig.). On 21.09. Col. Jozef Wiatr took command of remnants of the 2nd Inf.Rgt.*
It should be noted that 29. Inf.Brig. was an improvised unit and had no artillery and no AT guns.