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Poland 1939

Post by Ezboard » 29 Sep 2002 15:14

Andy Hill
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(3/27/01 11:36:17 pm)
Reply Poland 1939
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At Tszew (Dirschau) on September 2nd an German Pioneer Gruppe "Medlam" attempted to seize the the city's bridge across the Vistula, in support of 3rd Armies drive south to Warsaw from East Prussia. There failure to capture the bridge intact forced the Germans to facilitate a crossing at Newe and near Marienwerder.

I have 2 questions in relation to the above subject.

Firstly I am looking for any glues as to the OoB for the Pioneer Gruppe "Medlam" inc it's commanding officer and secondly what Polish units were defending Tszew (Dirschau)at this time.

Kind Regards

Andy Hill

LEVE
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(3/28/01 5:31:47 am)
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Andy, you might start here:

1. Adlof Hitler's orders to the Armed Forces:

http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/imt/d ... ardir1.htm

2. The SS-Heimwehr Danzig took part against the Polish forces. Read: "SS-Heimwehr Danzig 1939," by Rolf Michaelis



3. September 1, 1939. At 4:34 a.m., Lt. Bruno Dilley leads three Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers in an attack against the Dirschau Bridge. The German invasion of Poland, the first act of World War II, begins six minutes later.

4. New York Times Report:

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general ... /0901.html





Luftwaffe 262
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(3/31/01 4:27:41 am)
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Leve,

Is it possible to find a copy of that book somewhere???

LEVE
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(3/31/01 10:50:55 am)
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Here are a few of the book sellers that carry the title:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obido...26-3870209
http://www.shelf.dircon.co.uk/
http://www.angelraybooks.com/boo...0001sh.htm
http://www.sentimentaljourney.co...books2.htm


It's ISBN 1 899765 01 8


In June 1939, the III./SS-Totenkopf-Standarte was redesignated as the "SS-Heimwehr Danzig".

Headquarters SS-Heimwehr Danzig -- Feldpostnummer 24 611
-- Signal Plt.
-- Pioneer Plt.
-- Medical Plt.
-- Motor Transport Company (motorized) [3 truck Plt.]

1st Infantry Company -- Feldpostnummer 24 293 [4 infantry Plt.]
2nd Infantry Company -- Feldpostnummer 31 292 [4 infantry Plt.]
3rd Infantry Company -- Feldpostnummer 31 700 [4 infantry Plt.]
4th Machine-Gun Company -- Feldpostnummer 32 304 [3 MG Plt.; 1 mortar plt.]
13th Infantry Gun Company -- Feldpostnummer 33 475 [2 lt IG Plattons w/ 4 lt IG; 1 mixed plt. (2 lt IG + 2 mortars)]
14th Anti-Tank Company -- Feldpostnummer 33 832 [4 Plt. w/ 3 ATG]
15th Anti-Tank Company -- Feldpostnummer 34 799 [4 Plt. w/ 3 ATG]

The SS-Heimwehr Danzig was an infantry (non-motorized) battalion-sized unit. It certainly did NOT have an "Panzer-Nachrichten" units.

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