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; Here is the story of another unit in their march to the Channel .................
The advance of the IR 171 to the English Channel - Summer 1940.
The 56 ID (Generalmajor Karl Kriebel) was part of the IX AK (General d. Inf. Geyer) subordinated to the 6 AOK of General d. Art v. Reichenau, when on May 9, 1940 at 13:45 hours received codeword for the alarm. To the left of the division it was to attack the Generalleutnant v. Briesen's 30. ID, while to the right opened a gap of about 30 kilometers to the area of Gennep, where was to attack the 256 ID, located on the south wing of the 18 AOK.
On May 10, 1940 the 56 ID crossed the Dutch border in a front of 25 kilometers, organized into three battle groups: On the right the IR 171 (Oberst Gottfried von Erdmannsdorff) advancing on Arcen, with support from the II. / AR 156, to the left the IR 192 (Oberst Ludwig Wolff) with main effort on Velden, with support from the I. / AR 156 (Hauptmann Theodor Friedmann). While the III. / IR 234 (Oberstlt. Gonell) was to lead a surprise attack on Venlo in order to seize the bridge over the River Meuse. The rest of the IR 234 (Oberstleutnant Adalbert Kratz) would continue as division reserve.
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Geschichte der 56. Infanterie-Division 1938 – 1945.http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gliederungen/Infanteriedivisionen/56ID.htm
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