Spring Awakening

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Oberst Mihael
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Spring Awakening

Post by Oberst Mihael » 10 Oct 2002 19:45

Can't seem to get much info on this operation anywhere. Anyone can give me some info on it, order of battle for the German side, any pictures...?

Thanks a bunch!

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Post by Ando » 11 Oct 2002 00:37

After a few days of refitting and receiving replacements, the Leibstandarte and Hitlerjugend divisions launched Operation Spring Awakening, the Lake Balaton offensive, on 6 March. Rather like Hitler's Ardennes offensive, this assault was designed to throw the Soviets off balance, bring their advance to a standstill, and buy time for some kind of miracle.

These battles are the subject of much confusion and conflicting reports in post-war accounts.


Whatever the truth about the fighting on 6 March, it was certainly not a good day for the Germans-- they had failed to surprise their enemy and their gains were depressingly small. In the case of I SS Panzer Corps the deepest penetration was a mere 4km.
By 9 March, the corps was making much better progress and Reynolds describes the fighting but remains hampered by incomplete and contradictory sources.


Although the descriptions of the fighting on 12 March are very similar in both the LAH and HJ Divisional Histories, there are conflicting claims as to which units carried out the assault across the Sio canal just to the west of the Bozot river. Ralf Tiemann states that it was made by Hansen's 1st SS Panzer-Grenadier Regiment LAH and the Division's 1st SS Reconnaissance Battalion, with 'elements' of the HJ's 26th Regiment. Hubert Meyer, on the other hand, claims that the assault was carried out by the 1st and 2nd Battalions of Braun's 26th SS Panzer-Grenadier Regiment, with support from the heavy weapons of the Regiment, artillery, and some of Brockschmidt's Jagdpanzers. In the opinion of this author, Meyer is more likely to be correct, since the sector to the west of the Bozot was the responsibility of the Hitlerjugend and there was a greater need for the Leibstandarte's infantry in the attack on the built-up area of Simontornya. The description of subsequent events will therefore be based on this assumption.
Despite the momentary successes, the exertions of the corps were futile and by 19 March the LAH and HJ halted their final offensive and withdrew.

Reynolds, Michael. Men of Steel: I SS Panzer Corps: The Ardennes and the Eastern Front, 1944-45. Rockville Centre, NY: Sarpedon, 1999

http://www.sonic.net/~bstone/archives/000116.shtml
Hope this helps a little

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Post by Ando » 11 Oct 2002 00:38

Sorry the connection stuffed up, is there a way to delete posts? :cry:
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Post by Ando » 11 Oct 2002 00:39

This one too :x
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