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Assault across the Aisne - Jun 1940.
In this situation, in the fog, with no connection to rear, with an invisible enemy far superior, Feldwebel Brachat assumed command of the company. Even wounded, fought against the pockets of resistance and also guarded and supplied to the wounded men, preventing further losses. When, later, to the left, the Battalion's 2. Company under Hauptmann Goedecke advanced up to the level of the 1. Company, Feldwebel Brachat led the rest of his company back to battalion, which meanwhile had penetrated to the banks of the canal, where they could help in a firefight, at the crossing across the canal. He and his men have broken the resistance and the fighting spirit of the enemy, contributing significantly to the success of the attack. At 16:00 hours the 1. / IR 14 also crossed the Aisne Canal.
At nightfall the III. / IR 14 secured the railroad south of Merval and the I. / IR 14 was established liaison with the IR 56 at Height 163. Due to nests of enemy resistance, the bridge construction works were suspended and the III./ IR 75 raked the area but without success. Meanwhile advanced the AA 5 (Rittmeister Horst Niemack) which detached a mounted patrol (Leutnant Blum), a cyclist patrol (Oberleutnant Bettag) and a reconnaissance patrol to Savigny (Wachtmeister Hainle), the heavy squadron (Oberleutnant Steinhauser) was at Niemack disposal.
Sources: Der angriff über die Aisne. Die 5 Jäger-Division. Adolf Reinicke.
DER LANDSER GROSSBAND 765 - Horst Niemack, von K. Kollatzhttp://www.forum-der-wehrmacht.de/board.php?boardid=34&sid=06e957fc2ce51f725585ff0e4aac1488http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gliederungen/PionierBat/PiBat5-R.htm
Fotoalbum Frankreich 1940 Infanterie Regiment 75. Martes, 19 de Octubre de 2010, 20:42:16
The Attack on Festieux by the 5th Company, 75th Infantry, and the March to the Aisne, 20 May 1940. Foreign Military Digests. Oct 1941.
Private Sales List-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5 - 5. Infanterie-Division. Historical Media. ábado, 20 de Noviembre de 2010, 14:54:38.
Saludos. Raúl M
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