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First engagement of Infanterie Regiment 9 in Poland - September 1939.
Fall Weiss - September, 1939.
Leutnant Heinrich Freiherr von Weizsäcker of the 2. Platoon of the company jumped off with a hand grenade against the attacker when a bullet struck his neck. His younger brother was just a few hundred meters, but only came when Heinrich was already dead. The same path soon followed Feldwebel Werner Illgenstein, who led the 1. Platoon. Even Hans Strauss, leader of the 3. Platoon also found here his final destination. The 1. / IR 9 had to pay a heavy toll in blood before claiming victory. The Poles and the Germans did not have support of heavy weapons and fought at the edge of the embankment with rifles, grenades and bayonets. Just at 21:00 hours was able to intervene actively the Artillery of the 23 ID.
At 20:00 hours the Commander of the 9 DP had ordered that the 35 pp cease the fighting and then marched towards Bydgoszcz following by Lubiewo, Trutnowo, Lipienicę, Świekatowo, Lubania - Lipiny, Łowinek, Brzeźno, Marcelewo property. At 1:00 hour on September 3, 1939 the column of the 35 pp had crossed the intersection of roads Bysławek - Klonowo and Minikowo - Lubiewo. Moving through Trutnowo at 05:00 hours reached the Szewienek property. Taking in account that south of Szewienkla were located enemy tanks, at 10:00 hours the commander ordered to march towards Krupocina which still was defended by elements of the 34 pp.
Cheers. Raúl M
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