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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Re: Research help on Cassel, France battle

Postby kev s » 31 Aug 2015 20:28


My Great Uncle was also captured after defending Cassel, he was a member of 140th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. I believe he was sent to a camp in Poland where he mined coal for the Germans.
I too am researching this for family history.


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Re: Research help on Cassel, France battle

Postby Sheldrake » 31 Aug 2015 22:07

I can take you on an battlefield tour there ;)

Cassel is a little jewel of a town no more than an hour from Calais and 30 mins from Dunkerque. It is on what might be one of the most heavily fought over patches in Europe. In 1914-18 it was Foch's HQ. In 1793 it was the start line for general Vandamme's column at the battle of Hondshoote and before then fought over in the 1670s and several times in medieval times There are lots of cafes and restaurants in the town square and memorials to the units who fought there. The story of the battle is covered in Seebag Montefiorie's book on Dunkerque as well as the battleground Europe book on Dunkerque.

The Ox and Bucks were the third battalion in the brigade with two battalions of Gloucesters

There is a section in the official history here ... rs-14.html
and a discussion on WW2talk - which attracts people with a specific interest in British and Commonwealth WW2 stories - at least one someone like you with a personal interest in 4th Ox and Bucks ... -bef-1940/ ... sel-1940/h

I was on this expedition with Terry Webb - I led the walk around Hondeghem ... sters.html

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