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Romilly - 1940.
Everywhere we find retreating enemy columns. We opened fire and caught, literally, hundreds of prisoners. Only the light tanks have captured only at St.Troy about 500 French soldiers. However, the adversary offered some resistance and we were attacked in almost every village. Bardonne was taken. It was already 15:30, when our regiment was ordered to penetrate to the Seine, take the bridge in Marcilly and establish a bridgehead in Romilly.
From that moment onwards we did not deal with the enemy columns. Although we were attacked by them, as we had a single goal - the Seine! It was night, but we still had a long way to go. In march towards Marcilly we find the enemy infantry, which however yielded weapons and fled. Upon our arrival at Marcilly the clock marked 22:00 hours.
Here the situation was very different because we received fire from buildings, roofs and basements. We listened to the heavy tac-tac of the French machine guns. Our gun of 75 mm imposed a certain respect, but the enemy fire rekindled again. The II. Abteilung made its way to the bridge with great effort. New barricades were erected in front of us for what we received more anti-tank and machine-gun fire. The situation was critical and we just could observe the other margin very dimly.
4 Panzer Division 1939-1943. Vol I. Wydawnictwo Militaria Nº 87.
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