I'm looking for the assignment of Ost-Bataillon 600 or Bataillon (Russ.) 600 in early September 1944.
The reason for my question is that [the Kdr. probably] Major Brandau received the "Anerkennungsurkunde" for fightings south of Antwerpen :
What's known so far :Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army
Brandau, Fritz-Peter, 25.12.1944 (4971), Major, Kampfgruppenfhr. Russ.Btl. 600
Date/place of action: 04.-07.09.1944 zwischen Boom und Oeleghem [source : Dörr]
Ost-Bataillon 600 was formed in command area of HGr. Mitte and served as a Heerestruppe unit. In Nov 1943 it was transfered to France and was subordinated to AOK 7 . It came under command of AOK 15 later.
Per the below source the unit was garrisoned on ZEELAND / NL in June 1944.
[sources : Tessin , book review : Houterman, J. N. Eastern Troops in Zeeland, The Netherlands, 1943-1945: Hitler's Osttruppen in the West. Bayside, NY: Axis Europa, 1997. ISBN 1-891227-00-9 101 pages ]
http://mitchtemppiece.blogspot.com/2008 ... eview.html
Now, based on the locations and dates of the above certificate the Btl. has to have been part of what's called "Abwehrkämpfe Albertkanal" in the official german Gefechtskalender. The area between Boom and Oeleghem is south of Antwerpen ; and I draw the conclusion that Btl. 600 was with AOK 15, when this Armee had retreated eastwards the Schelde already.
Antwerpen was taken by the British 11th Armoured Division on Sep 4th 1944.
Was Btl. 600 in the way of the 11th or the Guards Armoured Division, too, which attacked in two columns south-north ? Or engaged with troops following the armoured divisions ?
Was Btl. 600 subordinated directly to AOK 15 ?
There was a Divisionsstab z.b.V. 136 (formed out of Stab Kdr. der Osttruppen 721), which took over the post of the formerly "Küstenverteidigungsabschnitt Antwerpen". Is this the headquarter of Btl. 600 ?
Or a Korps - LXXXIX. (89.) AK , LXVII. (67.) AK ?