Fallschirmjager drop on December 25, 1944?

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Fallschirmjager drop on December 25, 1944?

Postby foxhole1944 » 09 Feb 2006 03:36

Does anyone know if there was a subsequent drop made on this date during the Battle of the Bulge? I have an American GI's diary which states: "Battalion was notified that fifty paratroops had been dropped in the group area." The unit, the 736th Field Artillery Bn, was in Luxemburg at the time so I do not think he was referring to American paratroopers sent into Bastogne or elsewhere.

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FJ DROP ON THE 17TH

Postby Fallschirmjäger » 09 Feb 2006 04:04

The only fallschirmjäger drop i know the germans made during the bulge battle was on the 17th of december 1944 when battle group von der heydte was dropped on the hoher venn area behind enemy lines during the bulge battle.When this drop happened and parachutes found and crashed planes of some of the group where found that this caused wide spread panic all over the rear lines for miles that there was though to be FJ or special forces all over the belgium,luxemborg and even france or holland?that where doing sabotage and out to kill allied leaders,even though the groups mission failed they caused so much wide spread panic it tided down many troops looking for them or guarding out for them. 8)

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Postby Larry D. » 09 Feb 2006 14:19

Ardennes Fallschirmjäger Operations

II./TG 3

17 Dec 44: operating from Paderborn and Lippspringe, the Gruppe dropped a reinforced paratroop battalion under Oberst von der Heydte at night between Eupen and Malmedy at the beginning of the Ardennes Offensive (Battle of the Bulge). This was the last German paratroop drop of the war.
Jan 45: now at Fürstenwalde/50 km ESE of Berlin under Luftflotte 10.


III./TG 4

8 Dec 44: at Paderborn with 47(43) Ju 52s.
17 Dec 44: 20 Ju 52s from the Gruppe, each carrying 11 paratroops, took off from Paderborn at 0115 hrs for the Ardennes area. Ju 52 (G6+DU) from 10. Staffel was shot down by AA fire east of Aachen.
25 Dec 44: now at Örlinghausen/20 km W of Detmold preparing for a large-scale paratroop operation.
16 Jan 45: Ju 52 shot up by fighters SE of Székesfehérvár/Hungary, 60%, Staffelkapitän Hptm. Ernst Büsselmann WIA and 1 KIA.

The 25 Dec 44 entry above comes from ULTRA signal BT996. So, quite clearly there was a drop planned for Christmas Day, but I have never found any documented confirmation that it was actually carried out. The current expert on Luftwaffe air transport units and operations has written numerous articles on the subject in Jet & Prop, Luftwaffen-Revue and other German language periodicals over the years and has been a constant correspondent of mine for nearly 15 years. Several of his articles concern the 17 December drop but he has never made mention of another drop on 25 December. My best guess is that it was PLANNED but never actually carried out. The diary reference from the 736th Field Artillery Bn trooper may have been mistaken and the "fifty paratroops" were actually 50 supply canisters. But there is enough of a question mark still hanging in the air on this to merit further research.

--Larry


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