The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

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The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by tigre » 11 Aug 2013 00:45

Hello to all :D; here goes a new and short story...................

The light AA guns of Abbeville.

The Flak Abteilung commanded by Oberstleutnant Wolf was deployed in Grotenrath, on the German border in front of Limbourg on May 9, 1940, when at 13:59 hours received the codeword: 100535 Hindenburg. At 14:28 hours Alarm and at 16:00 hours Oberstleutnant Wolf met with his battery's chiefs for the last time before the march; the chief of the 2. Battery, Hauptmann K was away on a course of firing against ground targets and the battery was commanded by Oberleutnant M. The night from 09 to 10 May 1940 was clear and the border area was bustling with movement of troops. The Batteries marched to their starting zones, the Abteilung's mission was to protect the advance of the division which it was subordinate to (the 18. ID).

Sources: Der Adler Nº 9, 10 and 11 - 1941.

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by tigre » 13 Aug 2013 13:38

Hello to all :D; more follows...................

The light AA guns of Abbeville.

On May 10, 1940 began with an early dawn. At 05:35 hours the march began, the inhabitants of the small and beautiful towns of Limburg warmly greeted the troops. Even before noon the advance detachment of the division crossed the Juliana Canal and before sunset the advanced elements reached the Meuse, but only a few light guns of 20 mm had made ​​some shots and none of the 88 mm. Hauptmann K returned from the course and took over again his 2. Company, Oberleutnant M returned to the staff of abteilung. During the night from 10 to 11 May, 1940 Obertsleutnant Wolf and his unit remained due east of the Meuse waiting for the engineers finalized the war bridge. On May 11, 1940 at 03:00 hours the bridge was ready and Oberstleutnant Wolf crossed with the light elements of battery B, then followed the 4. Battery and Hauptmann K with his heavy 2. Battery.

Sources: Der Adler Nº 9, 10 and 11 - 1941.

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by Ypenburg » 14 Aug 2013 10:46

Hauptmann K = Hauptmann d.R. Dr. Erich Kiel
Oberleutnant M = Oberleutnant d.R. Hermann Modersohn, Ordonnanz-Offizier I./Flakregiment 64

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Re: The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by Ypenburg » 14 Aug 2013 10:58

tigre wrote: crossed with the light elements of battery B, then followed the 4. Battery
The text doesn't say battery B, but the light parts (2cm-Fla) of the battery of Hauptmann B = 4. Battery = Hauptmann Tr.-O. Hans Bachmann, Batterieführer 4. Batterie.

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Re: The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by tigre » 15 Aug 2013 17:07

Hello to all :D; thanks for shedding light about the names......You've right and as I said it was Battery B. (or Battery of B.) after in the German Army the units were also known by the name of its commander....But in this case this B. was Oberleutnant and in charge of one light battery (2 cm). More follows...........

The light AA guns of Abbeville.

Oberstleutnant Wolf ordered his 2. Battery go forward over the Hertogenbusch Canal in one leap. After lunch came the first enemy aircrafts to attack the crossing points on the river Meuse; they were Bristol-Blenheim flying at low altitude but Hauptmann F. with his 1. Battery was still in the Meuse and two of the attackers fell to the ground. On the second day of the campaign, the Flak Abt was just east of the Albert Canal, the walking pace was high.

The next day, May 12, 1940 the Albert Canal was crossed. Again came the British airmen although a few hours later, as the 2. Battery of Hauptmann K. was already advancing toward the Gette; but the 1. Battery was moving across the bridge to the west bank of the Canal. The enemy planes came more frequently and more closely, but also suffered major losses. At 10:25 hours six Blenheims of which Oberleutnant B. knocked down three and a fourth flew away with a trail of smoke. At 10:40 hours one Hurricane was shot down by the 4. Battery of Hauptmann B. and the 1. Flaktrupp of Hauptmann F. The vanguard of the division was already in front of the Gette.

Sources: Der Adler Nº 9, 10 and 11 - 1941.

Ypenburg could you help me with the names of the Battery Commanders?. It seems to me they were: 1./ Flak 64 Hauptmann F; 2./ Flak 64 Hauptmann K; 3./ Flak 64 Oberleutnant E y 4./ Flak 64 Hauptmann B. But an Oberleutnant B is also mentioned in the text. Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
 
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Re: The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by Ypenburg » 16 Aug 2013 08:48

tigre wrote: Ypenburg could you help me with the names of the Battery Commanders?. It seems to me they were: 1./ Flak 64 Hauptmann F; 2./ Flak 64 Hauptmann K; 3./ Flak 64 Oberleutnant E y 4./ Flak 64 Hauptmann B. But an Oberleutnant B is also mentioned in the text. 
1./Flak 64 Hauptmann d.R. Dr. Johann Fromz
2./Flak 64 Hauptmann d.R. Dr. Erich Kiel
3./Flak 64 Oberleutnant Tr.-O. Hermann Eggers
4./Flak 64 Hauptmann Tr.-O. Hans Bachmann
5./Flak 64 Oberleutnant Tr.-O. Hermann Bubendey

According to the Abschussmeldungen 1. Batterie shot down a Morane on 11.5.1940, 17:30 Uhr am Maasübergang bei Elsloo, 4. Batterie shot down a Morane on 11.5.1940, 17:30 Uhr Maasübergang

On 12.5.1940 1. Batterie shot down a Potez 63 at 10:40 Uhr Albert-Kanal, 4. Batterie 2 Bristol-Blenheim at 10:45 Uhr Albert-Kanal and 5. batterie 1 Bristol-Blenheim at 10:45 Uhr Albert-Kanal.

I would be interested in a copy of Der Adler 10, only the stuff about May 11th :D

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Re: The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by der Fleißige » 19 Aug 2013 12:15

Ypenburg wrote: I would be interested in a copy of Der Adler 10, only the stuff about May 11th :D
Then I can recommend:
http://www.axishistory.com/axis-nations ... r-magazine

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Re: The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by Ypenburg » 20 Aug 2013 20:41

Thanks, but no Der Adler 10 from 1941.......

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Re: The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by der Fleißige » 21 Aug 2013 13:09

Ypenburg wrote:Thanks, but no Der Adler 10 from 1941.......
Sorry!

This should (hopefully) do it:
http://archive.org/details/Der-Adler-1941-10


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Re: The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by tigre » 23 Aug 2013 17:21

Hello to all :D; thank you very much Ypenburg for your great help :wink:. Cheers. Raúl M 8-).

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Re: The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by tigre » 22 Dec 2013 22:47

Hello to all :D; Ypenburg could you shed some light on this event?..........

Then the march continued towards the Senette. The 1. Battery of Hauptmann F was halted in a ravine around Croiseau when started falling projectiles of the French artillery, two transports of ammunition flew through the air, a light truck Krupp and a motorcycle burned, suffering as a result 14 WIA and 4 KIA (May 17?).

TIA. Cheers. Raúl M 8-).

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Re: The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by tigre » 27 Dec 2013 12:25

Hello to all :D; more follows...........

The light AA guns of Abbeville.

On May 29, 1940 at sunset the 1. and 2. Batteries of the I. / Flak Abt 64 crossed the bridge towards the Abbeville bridgehead protected by the 20mm AA cannons of B. The forward elements reached the village of Caubert, there the road to Rouen has a crossroads with a road parallel to the Somme river, along it was placed the 2. Battery in the positions "Dora" and Cesar". From Caubert to the right the road led towards Cambron, to the southeast the Camp of Côsar extends into the enemy zone and there Hauptmann K established the positions "Anton" and "Berta".

The 1. Battery followed the route to Cambron, surpassed the village and went to another fork, which led to the right towards Le Treport and to the left towards Miannay, in each of these routes Hauptmann F placed a pair of 88 in position.

Der Adler Nº 9, 10 y 11 - 1941.
http://www.geschichtsforum.de/f68/der-b ... ld-38083/.

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).

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Re: The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by tigre » 31 Dec 2013 11:34

Hello to all :D; more follows...........

The light AA guns of Abbeville.

On the morning of May 30, 1940, Leutnant C (Helmut Corts) was on the "Caesar" position on the route to Rouen, left and right stretched a wooded area, to the left towards the Somme there were German infantry positions but to the right, the German positions had been overran. Enemy attack!, there were tanks moving towards the site. In the position, the gun shoots at high rate of fire against the first armored, it burns about 300 meters far away, another took a little more and was knocked about 200 meters, behind them was observed enemy infantry moving forwards. From Caubert came German infantry with a machine gun and took position about 100 meters away from "Caesar". The machine gun opened fire, the gun of 20 mm also opened fire and the French infantry withdrew.

Der Adler Nº 9, 10 y 11 - 1941.
http://www.geschichtsforum.de/f68/der-b ... ild-38083/.

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).

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Re: The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by tigre » 03 Jan 2014 15:46

Hello to all :D; more follows...........

The light AA guns of Abbeville.

The men of the "Cesar" position had taken cover in their shelters, with their guns in readiness and are waiting. Earth and splinters flying over their heads, but the French infantry hasn't attacked yet. "Caesar" withdrew toward Catibert, at the fork of Ronvroy met "Dora", these brave boys were also shot and Oberleutnant K had retreated towards the fork of Ronvroy.

Leutnant C thinks about the castle to the right of his former position, from there a not very wide path runs toward the enemy sector. C went up to there and by late afternoon is back in his old position. To the right of his position he heard the heat of the battle, C recognizes the fast and dry sound of the 88. These are the positions "Anton" and "Berta" of Hauptmann K.

Der Adler Nº 9, 10 y 11 - 1941.
http://www.geschichtsforum.de/f68/der-b ... ild-38083/.

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: The I./ Flak 64 - Abbeville 1940.

Post by tigre » 06 Jan 2014 17:27

Hello to all :D; more follows...........

The light AA guns of Abbeville.

Both guns had had a quiet morning but now are being engaged in a fierce battle in their positions near the crest of Mont Cesar. A tank burns, two others fall under the fire of "Anton", soon five tanks are destroyed in front of these positions, two others will be achieved even before the attack is over. But what about the French infantry? Incredible but did not attack, apparently the enemy sought overrun the German Flak positions before moving forward their troops.

Oberstleutnant Wolf received reports of the batteries, the group had suffered three wounded and lost an ammunition transport and a motorcycle, but instead destroyed 14 enemy tanks; ten in account of the 2. Battery and four by the 1. Battery. While the Bu Battery provided aerial cover to the bridges at Abbeville.

Sources: Der Adler Nº 9, 10 y 11 - 1941.
http://www.geschichtsforum.de/f68/der-b ... ild-38083/.
Militaria Magazine Hs21 Le Mois Terrible La Bataille D'abbeville.

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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