Research help on Cassel, France battle

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Research help on Cassel, France battle

Postby jacksun » 14 Dec 2011 22:56

Hi, I'm new to the board, although I have been lurking for the past few weeks :D

I am researching the battle at Cassel, France May 27 - 30th 1940. My Grandfather was with the 4th Ox & Bucks Light Infantry defending Cassel and he was taken prisoner on May 30, 1940. He then spent 4 1/2 years in Stalag XXB at Marienburg.

For my research I am collecting data from both sides of the battle to hopefully draw a complete picture of what happened.

I have some information from searching this forum, but I am hoping maybe someone can help me with more details, and a better understanding.

I am looking for things like which divisions were involved ( i know the tank, but they were pushed back due to no infantry support I think the first time, then infantry was there the next day - what div's?), Commanders, route they traveled, equipment they had, points of attack, allied POW numbers if known (for comparison), maps showing where divisions were and movement direction etc.

And anything else you think may be valuable.

I really appreciate anything anyone can help with.


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Re: Research help on Cassel, France battle

Postby sotek85 » 24 Jul 2015 05:38

Hi Wayne,

Unfortunately I can't help with what you are after, however my grandfather was a member of the 53. Anti Tank Regiment, and he was also captured after defending Cassel. He then spent the rest of the war in Stalag XXB, the same as your grandfather. I have a photo from the camp (perhaps your grandfather is also in it) if you are interested, and also I visited the site of the camp in 2012, and you are welcome to the photos from there for your family history.

Due to the similar circumstances of our grandfathers, I would be very interested in seeing what you have found about units were attacking/defending Cassel, maps etc.


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