Defending of Tallinn in 1941

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Defending of Tallinn in 1941

Post by teg » 13 Oct 2008 06:24

What were German losses during the Soviet defending of Tallinn in August 1941? Which German units participated in this battle?

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Re: Defending of Tallinn in 1941

Post by Qvist » 13 Oct 2008 07:52

I don't have much specific info about the Tallin battles, but it was XXXXII AK who captured Tallin on 28 August and this formation consisted around this time of 61.ID and 217.ID. 61.ID lost 624 killed, wounded and missing in the first half of August and 826 in the second half, while 217.ID lost 228 and 524, according the casualty returns from the AOK 18 IIa.

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Re: Defending of Tallinn in 1941

Post by andrus » 13 Oct 2008 21:22

as it was mentioned, attack was performed by XXXXII.A.K. Toomas Hiio in article about combat in Estonia 1941 tells following:
units attacking:
along Tallinn-Narwa highway 254.I.D.
along Tallinn-Tartu highway 61.I.D.
along Tallinn-Viljandi highway 217.I.D
along Tallinn-Pärnu highway Gruppe Friedrich (504.I.R and artillery divisions from 291.I.D. + misc independent units)

losses of XXXXII.A.K. for operation of conquering Tallinn (Hiio does not give exact dates, but it's probably 20th-28th August) are 35 officers + 836 NCO's/soldiers KIA and MIA, 113 officers + 3169 NCO's/soldiers wounded.

source: Estonia 1940-1945, pages 424-425.

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Re: Defending of Tallinn in 1941

Post by Qvist » 13 Oct 2008 22:34

I happen also to have the Armeearzt 18 reports for this period, according to which these losses were suffered in the III Dekade (ie, 21-30 August):

254.ID, 784
61.ID: 1035
217.ID: 1113
Gruppe Friedrich; 407

Altogether, this is roughly 3,300, considerably less than quoted by Hiio. Consequently, I think the figures he quote must refer to a longer period than 20-28 August.

Correction to the above post - the periods in the IIa reports were 1-15 August and 16-25 August respectively.

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Re: Defending of Tallinn in 1941

Post by teg » 15 Oct 2008 08:09

Bur what were German losses in the firest half of August? The defending began from the first days of August, as i know. Could somebody scan and send me pages concerning German losses in Estonia in 1941?

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Re: Defending of Tallinn in 1941

Post by teg » 15 Oct 2008 08:09

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Re: Defending of Tallinn in 1941

Post by Qvist » 15 Oct 2008 08:35

Losses according to Armeearzt 18 1.-10.8./11.-20./21.-30. (Killed, wounded, missing)

254.ID 604/113/1522
61.ID 555/133/1035
217.ID 207/148/1113
Gr. Friedrich 15/111/407.

These were very heavy losses, by the standards of the time. Or by the standards of later times for that matter. They are for example roughly on the same level as the average divisional losses in 9th Army in July 1943.

Source; BA-MA RH20-18/1154.



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