Lwow-Rawa Ruska. 1941

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Lwow-Rawa Ruska. 1941

Postby teg » 28 Aug 2010 12:41

Whar were the losses of German units in Lwow-Rawa Ruska area in 1941?
Which german divisions and army corpses participated in these battle?

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Re: Lwow-Rawa Ruska. 1941

Postby tigre » 29 Aug 2010 01:01

Hello teg :D; there it went to the attack the German IV AK under General der Infanterie von Schwedtler with its 296. Infanterie-Division; 295. Infanterie-Division; 262. Infanterie-Division; 71. Infanterie-Division and 24. Infanterie-Division. The fighting was very hard in this area............

The 262 Infanterie Division in 1941.

There began the war in Russia. Rawa Ruska.

Thus it went under way: With the first shell falling somewhere within or behind the forest, a Russian soldier fell as an hero for his native country. Several shots had met his body, who knows, how many carbines were aimed to him. And with this first order came: „On your feet, go! “and we rushed ahead. Here only was a deep forest and the Infantry which was to deal with the border guards’ remnants, who certainly were in shelters, had a busy time.

We had to storm the forest’s edge and there the resistance was more and more intense, hence the infantrymen cried calling: „SMG, SMG!“ (heavy MG, heavy MG). In such a way it went nearly all day long and we had a lot of work to do. Finally, when we could break into the Rawa-Ruska’s forest, the engagements became even more violents and soon the hostile bullets came from all directions, particularly from the shelters of a line of defense, which could not tear off yet. Here we took our first losses by wounds and death. For us however the fallen will live for ever!. And already on the first day we often had to dig holes, so that we could get some cover.

However this first day became even worse. This 22 June 1941 was Sunday and in addition a very hot summer day. The sun stood highly over us as we were fighting without a pause. Soon the thirst tormented us and although it was forbidden due to health risks, we drank a sip from a puddle or a ditch.

The most part of my unit remained lying at the railway embankment, since the railroad line was under fire from two well disposed shelters. The russians fired well so my comrades could not follow ahead. However we had to get back over it yet. Finally we came over there, and we could get some cover. However the battalion could not move forward any more, but it had to withdraw again far to the rear and entrenched itself before the Rusians’ attacks. The enemy was far superior here and the others battalions could not followed yet. We were cut off of them and had to fight for our skin.

There we entrenched ourselves again and should pass the night awake holding that positions at any cost. In the middle of the night hostile cavalry galloped passing directly on our machineguns position. It was already an amusing feeling. That had been the first day in the war for me - a good baptism of fire - which one does not forget in the life. It was only three days later that we knew that our battalion, the I./ IR 486 (500 men) had suffered 133 casualties, of them 34 killed and 99 either wounded or misses; all this on the first day, Sunday 22.Juni 1941.


Source: Kriegserinnerungen 1939 – 1949 aufgezeichnet von Karl Fischl.

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: Lwow-Rawa Ruska. 1941

Postby teg » 30 Aug 2010 15:16

Is there any other information on other german unit losses?

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Re: Lwow-Rawa Ruska. 1941

Postby tigre » 30 Dec 2016 13:58

Hello to all :D; a little more..............................................

Assault on the fortified position of Wielki Dzial - June 1941.

The fortified area in Rawa Ruska had been planned with 306 fortifications; at the beginning of the hostilities only 150 had been constructed and of these only 90 were equipped; Still comprised 8 76 mm, 52 mm, and 45 mm guns and 181 machine guns installed behind concrete walls. The troops that covered these sites belonged to the 91º Border Detachment of the NKVD and also the positions between the casemates would be occupied by troops of the 41º Direction of Shooters of the General Mikushev. In this sector attacked the IV. AK of 17. AOK, composed of 71. ID, 24. ID, 295. ID and 262. ID. In second wave was the 296. ID.

The opening of operations was not as dramatic for the 296. ID, as it was marching as a reserve in the first instance, and this led to the complaint of a regimental commander who noted: unfortunately the division does not was at the front line, we hope this happens soon , Is the wish of everyone in the regiments. In fact the desire became reality ....... The 262. ID not only had not been able to break the defensive positions, but had already been rejected on the first day of the invasion and the 296. ID received the long awaited order to enter into combat. It was not an easy task, without any support from heavy artillery or aviation had to break through a chain of 34 well-positioned concrete casemates; This would cost about 200 soldiers KIA and twice as many WIA.................

The only support available was provided by the Pz Abt. (Fl) 102 .............................

Sources: http://iknigi.net/avtor-mark-solonin/80 ... ge-12.html
Christian Hartmann Wehrmacht im Ostkrieg.
http://relicfinder.info/forum/viewtopic ... &start=100

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).

Feliz Año Nuevo - Happy New Year - feliz Ano Novo - gluckliches Neues Jahr - Bonne Année - Felice Anno Nuovo!!! :thumbsup:
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Re: Lwow-Rawa Ruska. 1941

Postby tigre » 18 Feb 2017 04:16

Hello to all :D; a little more..............................................

Assault on the fortified position of Wielki Dzial - June 1941.

The 1. Battery of schw. Art. Abt. 833. ("Adam", "Eve" and 60 shells) was assigned to the 17th Army under the Army Group "South", and the 2. Battery ("Thor", "Odin" and 36 shells) to the XII. AK and deployed in Terespol, within the Army Group "Center". The battery was to participate in the attack on the fortress of Brest-Litowsk.

The 1. Battery was subordinated to the IV. Army Corps, and was transported by train to Przemysl. From there it went to occupy its position by its own means. The Karl Gerät "Eve" - ​​had a technical failure (break of a track) and did not take part in the fight. The Karl Gerät "Adam" managed to shoot only 4 projectiles against the Soviet fortifications, in the so-called "Line Molotov", in the sector of Wielki Dzial. The "Adam" opened fire at 08:05 hours and ended its mission at 12:30 hours due to a failure ......................

In a report dated June 23, 1941, the Corps Commander noted that there was no need for further use of the "Karl" battery and directed his attention to the technical difficulties in using these self-propelled guns. As a result, the 1. Battery was sent back to Germany.

Sources: http://pochefalaise.forumpro.fr/t318-karl-gerat
http://nemirov41.forum24.ru/?1-18-0-000 ... 00-10001-0

Anyone has more data about this? Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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