The Battle for Rots and Le Hamel

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The Battle for Rots and Le Hamel

Post by Kingfish » 08 Oct 2010 23:18

A couple of things

First, I am looking for the German OOB for the defense of Rot and Le Hamel on June 11th. So far I've determined the major formation was 'Papa' Krause's 1st Battalion/26th PzGr, but was the entire unit there or only parts?

What about the escort battalion at the Chateau?

The number of tanks from Pfeiffers Panther company?

Also, I came across this interesting tidbit in the Panzer Lehr page of the Axis History Factbook:

On 9 June 1944 four POWs from the division were found dead in Rots by soliders from SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment 26 of 12 SS Hitlerjugend, they had all been shot in the head.

This has me a bit puzzled. For one, I've always understood Rots to have been within the 12th SSPz division's AOR, and by the time the advanced elements of Lehr had arrived on the scene the I/26th Pz Gr Regt had already taken up defensive positions opposite Norrey and Rots.

So why would there be Pz Lehr troops at Rots?

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Re: The Battle for Rots and Le Hamel

Post by Graham Clayton » 12 Jun 2014 04:11

The German OOB can be found here:

http://www.fireandfury.com/scenarios/rots.pdf
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Re: The Battle for Rots and Le Hamel

Post by Alanmccoubrey » 12 Jun 2014 10:10

Panzer Lehr's Panzergrenadier Regiments had been operating against the Canadians in the Brouay/Norey area on 7th and 8th June, isn't that fairly close to the Rots/Le Hamel area ?
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Re: The Battle for Rots and Le Hamel

Post by Kingfish » 13 Jun 2014 02:05

Alanmccoubrey wrote:Panzer Lehr's Panzergrenadier Regiments had been operating against the Canadians in the Brouay/Norey area on 7th and 8th June, isn't that fairly close to the Rots/Le Hamel area ?
This might help out:
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Alan,

Do you have any info on Lehr's transit and deployment to the battle area? I know they got troops to Brouay ahead of III/26 SS PzGr, but didn't think they deployed even further east.
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Re: The Battle for Rots and Le Hamel

Post by Alanmccoubrey » 13 Jun 2014 07:23

The movement of Lehr is covered in Franz Kurowski's "Elite Panzer Strike Force. Germany's Panzer Lehr Division in WW2" which was being offered free on Kindle a while back.
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Re: The Battle for Rots and Le Hamel

Post by AETIUS 1980 » 28 Jul 2021 21:35

Maybe a little late for this post, but it is good to know that a subgroup of the 716.Inf.Div organized around the remains from the II./Art.Rgt.1716 and fragments of infantry (II./Gr.Rgt.726 and 736) had been positioned since June 8 in front of the SS.Pz.Gr.Rgt.26. This observation explains the German loss figures recorded by the British commandos and other Allied units.
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