Grenadier-Regimenter 726 and 352 at Omaha

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Re: 915th's counterattack

Post by Kingfish » 17 Feb 2006 21:55

carolwmahs wrote:Breaking up their already limited armored assets seems odd. Why send the StuGs back into reserve when 12 SS and Lehr are on the way?


Probably to fulfill Rommel's intention of hitting the invaders early, and before they can establish themselves ashore. The StuGs didn't go back into reserve, per se, only diverted to another sector. Sometime after noon on D-day the 352nd recieved reports of the 441st Ost battalion being overrun at Gold Beach, and the Korp reserve (StuGs included) were sent there.

Something else to consider is that Dolmann had to have known that Pz Lehr was not going to reach the front line until very late in the day, so decided to hit the enemy with what he had at the moment.

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Re: 915th's counterattack

Post by carolwmahs » 17 Feb 2006 22:30

Kingfish wrote:
carolwmahs wrote:Breaking up their already limited armored assets seems odd. Why send the StuGs back into reserve when 12 SS and Lehr are on the way?


Probably to fulfill Rommel's intention of hitting the invaders early, and before they can establish themselves ashore. The StuGs didn't go back into reserve, per se, only diverted to another sector. Sometime after noon on D-day the 352nd recieved reports of the 441st Ost battalion being overrun at Gold Beach, and the Korp reserve (StuGs included) were sent there.

Something else to consider is that Dolmann had to have known that Pz Lehr was not going to reach the front line until very late in the day, so decided to hit the enemy with what he had at the moment.


Yes, that makes sense, though I can't trace that allocation to a specific request in their war diary. It must have been galling for Kraiss to give up his division's most powerful assets.

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Post by carolwmahs » 20 Feb 2006 01:28

According to their diary, at 8:35, Kraiss proposed to launch a counterattack by Kampfgruppe Meyer (915th regiment minus one battalion, plus "the bulk of the 352nd Panzerjäeger Battalion") to repel the troops penetrating their "right wing". An unknown portion of the Panzerjäeger battalion was to be kept in reserve. Marcks approved the attack. This article picks up the story:

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...Still under orders to form the Korps Reserve, the GR 915 & the divisional fusilier batt. were under the command of Oberst Meyer (CO of GR 915) thus forming "Kampfgruppe Meyer." Training for the 915 was primarily that of practicing counter attacks on the coast from the village of Seulles.

When the invasion began, Kampfgruppe Meyer was ordered to the right flank of the 352 to defend routes leading to Carentan from enemy paratroopers. This move was done in two parts, I/GR 915 along with the Stabskompanie were transported via trucks driven by French volunteers. The rest of GR 915 along with the fusilier batt. were to move by bicycle. GR 914 took over the paratrooper problem so Meyer was redirected towards Crepon.

With the early morning light came the air pests called "Jabos." Allied air superiority was unchallenged in Normandie. Anything seen on the roads or moving was destroyed by aircraft. On top of his men on bicycles having traveled 55 km without rest or rations & his trucks starting to break down, now came attacks from the air. Meyer ordered his men to continue the 25 km to Crepon on foot while hugging the treelines for cover from those in the air.

The 716th Div. which held the coastal sector north of "Omaha Beach" began to fall apart. The British forces established a large bridgehead and were in position to cut the road from Caen to Bayeux. The 716th's left was collapsing. It's Ostbattalions (Eastern volunteers) stationed in this area were in full retreat. It was decided that Kampfgruppe Meyer would attack towards Caen to give the 716 time to regroup. There was also an agreement that any units from the 716th that Meyer came upon could be absorbed by him for tactical purposes.

When Meyer was told his new orders over the radio, he protested stating that half his men were still strung out over his line of march. He requested permission to wait until the arrival of assault guns, but until then he would mount probes into British lines. This was approved and he was informed that along with the guns, he would receive Nr. 3 Kp./ 352 Pioneer Batt. to form a fresh reserve for his Kampfgruppe. With additional support coming from II/ Art. Regt. 1716 & several companies of infantry from the 716 recently put into his line, I/GR 915 was ordered to shift left to link up with GR 916 defending the beaches.

Not more than an hour later, Meyer was told that I/GR 915 must head directly to Surrain and it's commander was to report directly to Oberst Goth (CO of GR 916) in Formigny. The situation along Omaha Beach was slowly beginning to change. More & more amis were able to push inland even as far as coastal cities. With the arrival of the I/GR 915, the GR 916 was able to shorten its lines on the fragile front.

Meanwhile, while preparing to counter attack, Meyer's positions were attacked by British troops. It was a large push to Omaha Beach with armor and air support. Meyer's men were not caught off guard since they were in readiness for their own attack. The grenadiers held their ground at first, the British were surprised at finding serious resistance after slicing through the 716th Div. Meyer's force was in danger of being cut in two when his lost II/ GR 915 arrived with the assigned Stugs on the British flank. The British confused to see armor, fell back to await reinforcements from the beaches.

Meyer resumed his offensive. After regaining his lost ground and then some he was stopped by a strong British defense. Gaining info. from Tommie prisoners, he learned about a planned British counter attack. His only option now was to attack westwards to link up with the GR 916. Right as the planned move was to take place, the British attacked. The men began to fall back and their lines began to shatter. GR 915 was in trouble since the retreat of the fusilier kompanie but was holding. The Meyer's command post was overrun and Meyer himself was killed while trying to organize a rolling pocket.

With the death of Meyer, command of the Kampfgruppe went to Major Korfes. With the remnants of I/GR 726 he was ordered to solidify the right flank by establishing a main battle line. This line would extend to strengthen their loose ties with GR 916. Behind them elements of III/ Art. Regt. 352 serving as infantry along with stragglers picked up by the Feldgendarmerie would be placed in position to defend against any thrust towards Bayeux....

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Advancing south from Gold beach in the area of Coulombs and St Leger, British 69th Brigade collides with a battle group of the German 352nd Division. The fighting will go on all evening. A German report captured some time later says that only 90 men of the battle group survived the fighting.

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Re: Grenadier-Regimenter 726 and 352 at Omaha

Post by poilu1917 » 01 Mar 2011 05:28

What would Gren. Regt. 915, 5th Kompanie's feldpost number be for the time it was stationed in Normandy? I know GR 915's feldpost number during the Ardennes Offensive was 40107B, but I can't find any documentation for their time in France. Thanks in advance for the help.

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Re: Grenadier-Regimenter 726 and 352 at Omaha

Post by Urmel » 09 Jun 2019 23:17

Does anyone have the NARA roll numbers for 352. ID?
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Re: Grenadier-Regimenter 726 and 352 at Omaha

Post by jpz4 » 10 Jun 2019 11:07

I don't think there are any, but you can check here: http://sturmpanzer.com/Default.aspx?tab ... em=1&sec=1

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