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Re: Questions about Graignes and 17th SS

Post by Westphalia1812 » 02 Mar 2023 12:26

DPK325 wrote:
23 Mar 2019 01:38

You say the numbers at Graignes are questionable. Is there some suspicion that only part of the 17th SS was at Graignes and the greater number of 17th SS did indeed bypass Graignes? If so - another honest question - why did 17th SS not get to Carentan until June 12? Don’t we know they were at Graignes, just a few miles away, on June 10?

a) Rgt. without II. and III. on 11.6.44, 6.00 a.m. in the area St.ANDRE-DE BOHEN, SAINTERY subordinated, verbal order Div.Kdr. on 11.6.44 09.30 a.m. for operation I./37 in the area GRAIGNES, order for I./37 to reconnoiter bridge crossings over Canal de Viri and Vire and to keep them open. Reconnaissance as scheduled in 14.30 p.m. message, Right Company occupied bridge 2 km northeast of St.JEAN-DE-DAVE. Company on left had contact with enemy at GRAIGNES. Attack of this company was repulsed. Strength of enemy garrison about 60 men (American paratroopers). Renewed attack with heavy weapons support. At 10:10 p.m. southern part of GRAIGNES taken. Enemy holding hedgerow area on both sides of GRAIGNES. Enemy strength 1 company with 10 - 12 MGs and 1 - 2 grenade launchers. No battle noise at present. Situation at 23.45 unchanged, reinforced II./37 on march to area northeastward MEALITIS,

b) southern part GRAIGNES ( 2nd Kp.) northern edge MONTMARTIN ( 3rd Kp.)

g) With reinforced I./37 continuation of the attack in the area GRAIGNES, with reinforced II./37 in the context of FJG.Rgt.6 counterattacks at Carentan
SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt. 37 losses up to 11.07.44 due to CAS and skirmishes at Graignes: 1 CO, 4 NCOs, 34 ORs WIA, KIA, MIA.
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Re: Questions about Graignes and 17th SS

Post by Westphalia1812 » 02 Mar 2023 13:08

On 11.06. at 15.00 SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.37 was ordered to reach the area around Méautis (SW of Carentan, NW of Graignes). On 11.06. at 23.30 it was noted that I./37 was still fighting at Graignes and that mopping up actions in the area would begin at around 05.00 on 12.06. According to the KTB, the Rgt. reached Méautis at around 16.00 on 12.06. After that, Graignes isn't mentioned again. Doesn't seem like the fighting at Graignes was a big deal to the overall deployment of the division...

Source: RS 3-17/2, p.11ff.
https://invenio.bundesarchiv.de/invenio ... 013b2ee77/
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