I have receivved additional information and would appear now that the 1./A.R. 266 was in La Balue, south of the St. Servan area of Saint-Malo.
Here is some additional info...
-On 8 Aug 44, my wife's grandfather surrendered around Saint-Malo. His story was that there were a number of Russians in the regiment. They had urged Tony and the other Germans in the unit to surrender. They said, though, to leave all of their weapons and ammunition with them so that the could fight until the end - as they could never go back home after fighting in the German Army.
-With that information, I looked at the American battle after-action reports: http://83rdinfdivdocs.org/documents/329 ... UG1944.pdf
On 8 Aug 44, the 1st Battalion, 329th Infantry Regiment changed front and attacked the "town of La Balue". The report goes on to say, "It took the remainder of the day for the 1st Bn to clear out the town of La Balue with the exception of one pillbox that continued to hold out." The next day, B Co., 1/329 continued to attack the pillbox. It surrendered in the afternoon.
This account matches very well with my wife's grandfather's story.
-Someone sent me a map that identified the location of the 1./A.R. 266 in the La Balue area of Saint-Malo, south of St. Servan. Where the map locates them is around the intersection of what is today D137 – Rue de La Balue – and D201. This location is around le Phare de La Balue (lighthouse). The original lighthouse was destroyed sometime around the battle in 1944, but a tall tower like this would have made a great observation point for artillery.
-He also told me that 1./A.R.266 were near cemetery "La Balue" (just across the road to the east of le phare) just behind some German's strong points. He also added,
“About Russians, the divisions have got 389 Hiwi (volontary french, Italians and russians). Two Russians bataillons in 266 ID: The Ost-bataillon 629 (russians) and the Ost und Ausbildung Rgt III/Mitte (Ukrain), but neither went to St Malo. In Saint Malo, there were the Ost Bataillon 602 (Russians) and some guys inside the 1220 Sicherungbataillon.”
Although I have a lot of information, what I really hope for is to find out – as closely as possible – where my wife’s grandfather’s gun position was. The American report lists a "pillbox", making me believe that the German guns were in some kind of bunker or fortification. I’m hoping that something else might pinpoint where the individual guns were or, even better, maybe the pillbox still exists.
Again, any additional info would be greatly appreciated.