Amphibious Assaults in the Eastern front

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Re: Amphibious Assaults in the Eastern front

Post by tigre » 03 Jun 2010 01:06

Hello Carl :D; as it was written in the USAF Historical Studies Nº 153. The German Air Force Against Russia 1941. Generalleutnant Hermann Plocher. There was another plan for taking the Island of Muhu and Saarema, it was called Beowulf I, which would be launched earlier, jumping off from northern Kurland. But at the end of June 1941 it was left apart because:

1.There was not a need of a quickly seizure of the islands since the Soviet forces located there could not seriously interfere with the operations in the mainland or with supplies by sea.

2. The passage across the relatively narrow large strait (from the western coast of Estonia) would be shorter hence safer than a crossing from Kurland.

3. The landing on the eastern coast of the island promised be easier since the major fortifications were located on the southwestern and western sides, designed to cope an amphibius operations such as carried out by Germany in WW I.

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Re: Amphibious Assaults in the Eastern front

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 03 Jun 2010 01:13

Thanks Raul. that answers part of my question. you mentioned the shipment of supply. do you have information on the delivery of German supply to the Baltic ports. particualry those in the vicinity of Reval or other Estonian ports? Was this route a effective alternate to the overland route to the Lenningrad battlefield?

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Re: Amphibious Assaults in the Eastern front

Post by tigre » 10 Jun 2010 02:37

Hello to all :D; a little more.................

Amphibious operations in the Eastern Front - Beowulf II.

Development of the operation.

On the following day the moral of the enemy still remained high therefore to the right of IR151 it was engaged also the IR 176 with two battalions in the frontline and behind it followed the IR 162.

On October 03 in Teesu fell the medical assistant of the III. /IR 176, Dr. Jahnke. On October 04 of 1941 it was crossed the highway Loupollu - Vintri. On October 05 of 1941 it were registered the last fights in the Peninsula of Svorbe and 4000 prisoners were captured; Ösel was free of enemies. On October 09 of 1941 the 61 ID left the XXXXII AK and the following day it was subordinated to the XXVI AK.

Source: USAF Historical Studies Nº 153. The German Air Force Against Russia 1941. Generalleutnant Hermann Plocher.
http://www.wlb-stuttgart.de/seekrieg/ks ... g-nord.htm
Historia de la 61 División de Infantería Alemana.
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Re: Amphibious Assaults in the Eastern front

Post by mikaFi68 » 10 Jun 2010 03:19

Very interesting.
German troops occupied Schlüsselburg 8.9.1941 east of Leningrad, and then surrounding of the city began.
Same time German and Soviets fought many hundreds kilometres on west?

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Re: Amphibious Assaults in the Eastern front

Post by tigre » 16 Jun 2010 23:11

Hello to all :D; yes Mika and it went on yet. Now, a little more.................

Amphibious operations in the Eastern Front - Beowulf II. Unternehmen Sigfrido

Development of the operation.

While the fight in Svorbe was still in progress the IR 176 along with engineers and assault boats began to prepare a new operation called “Sigfrido”, that is to say the conquest of the last island in enemy's hands: Dagö. It would take part in first instance the IR 176 and the AA 161; it would follow later the IR 151 and yet the IR 162 if needed.

On October 12 of 1941 at 05:00 hours the IR 176 landed in the south-east coast. The Regiment did not find any resistance and around 12:30 hours the southeastern part of Dagö was in German hands. At 05:30 hours the AA 161 went ashore in the southwestern end and after overcoming enemy resistance reached Soru at 15:20 hours. The day was cold and windy.

Source: USAF Historical Studies Nº 153. The German Air Force Against Russia 1941. Generalleutnant Hermann Plocher.
http://www.wlb-stuttgart.de/seekrieg/ks ... g-nord.htm
Historia de la 61 División de Infantería Alemana.
Fotoalbum + Kriegsmarine Erprobungsverband Ostsee Riga bei eBay_de 1918-1945 (endet 21_12_09 192008 MEZ)_archivos

Cheers. Raúl M 8).

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Re: Amphibious Assaults in the Eastern front

Post by tigre » 24 Jun 2010 00:17

Hello to all :D; the end.................

Amphibious operations in the Eastern Front - Beowulf II. Unternehmen Sigfrido

Development of the operation.

On October 12 and 13 of 1941, the cruise “Koln” and the minesweepers of the 1. and 4 to Flotillas carried out naval gunfire on the battery of Ritsna. At noon the IR 151 began to cross the Straits of Soela and at dusk the mass of the regiment was assembled in the South sector of the island of Dagö.

The night had fallen; the IR 151 to the left and the IR 176 to the right advanced in the north direction. A motorized group battle pressed on Kärdla and it advanced slowly towards the North end of the Island of Dagö by the snow-covered footpaths. Taking cover in refuges made of earth, shrubs and branches of fir, the troops spent one frozen night.

At the same time radio Belgrade began the emission of its famous song, Lili Marleen. On October 21 of 1941, the resistance ceased in the island and the Russians withdrew towards Hangö

Source: USAF Historical Studies Nº 153. The German Air Force Against Russia 1941. Generalleutnant Hermann Plocher.
http://www.wlb-stuttgart.de/seekrieg/ks ... g-nord.htm
Historia de la 61 División de Infantería Alemana.
Fotoalbum + Kriegsmarine Erprobungsverband Ostsee Riga bei eBay_de 1918-1945 (endet 21_12_09 192008 MEZ)_archivos

It's all folks. Cheers. Raúl M 8-).

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Re: Amphibious Assaults in the Eastern front

Post by TISO » 24 Jun 2010 14:40

Just to note that there is a book:
Kampf um die Baltishen inseln 1917-1941-1944 (Eine studie zur triphibischen kampffuhrung mit 21 kartenskizzen) by Walther Melzer series "Die Wehrmacht im Kampf, Band 24, Kurt Vowinckel Verlag, Neckargemünd 1960

Which present the rather good narative from German standpoint with some maps and german combat reports reprinted in it together with short translations of topographical names.

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Re: Amphibious Assaults in the Eastern front

Post by tigre » 24 Jun 2010 22:19

Thanks for that tip Tiso :wink:. Cheers. Raúl M 8-).

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