21 Pz div in battle of Alam Halfa

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Re: 21 Pz div in battle of Alam Halfa

Post by Aida1 » 21 Oct 2022 17:05

" 2) Within 3 days DAK reaches the area behind the english mine obstacle
15.Pz.div at first pivots to the south and build a defensive front in a line 470 left 2 until 475 left 1
Dividing line of the divisions from east to west tomb" (468,8 right 0,5)pt 85 , pt 88
1500 Div.commander orders setting up of battle group Pfeiffer consisting of:
II/and III/104 1.PzJg.Abt 39, Flakbtln 617, 1 kp Pz.Rgt 5, with staff Pz.JgAbt. 39
1530 Orders goes out to battlegroup Pfeiffer:
Right btln pivots back to the south, with right wing to the east of Tomb and builds a defensive front to the east
Connection to the right to 15.Pz.div
Fla.Btln 617 edges into the gap between I and II/104 (east of Deir el Tarfa)
1535 Order goes out to commander Pz.Pi.btln 200 :
Pz.Pi. 200 ensures march back on the developed supply track by beating broad mine lanes and prevents enemy reconnaissance and blocking
advances on the supply track. At
1600 Order goes out to Pz.Rgt 5 to shift behind the Telegraph track in the night of 2/3.9 with the mission:
building a screen along the telegraph track for the later reception of the moving back battlegroup Pfeiffer"

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Re: 21 Pz div in battle of Alam Halfa

Post by Aida1 » 22 Oct 2022 07:49

" 1615 Commander HKAA 523(Major Unrauh) instruction to pull back in the night. Next position to the west of point 80 (460 right 8). Having effect to
north and east.
Ia to artillery commander:
AR 155 bends back its right wing to the south with capability to have effect to the north and east
II/AR155 stands behind Pz.Rgt 5 at the same time ready to be used at counterattack
Close collaboration with Abteilung Unrauh
1710 to 1712 : order goes out to the other units subordinated to the division ; 3./Flak18 marches with PzRgt , 1./Flak 18 with div. staff in the new
area. At
1720 Major Pfeiffer reports that the enemy before the right wing in the intermediate field has blown up english ammo depots and put on fire fuel
depots .
1815 Chef DAK informs Ia:
Div. Littorio has the mission to retreat before the 21.Pzdiv to the west. Because of this there is the necessity for increased moritoring of the
left flank of the 21.Pz.div.
Intent for the night 3/4.9:
Retreat of the infantry behind the tank screen. Setting up of a new defenseline from north to south through 466 right 4.
Ia reports:
1)sector of the division very narrow and in full view. Is shifting of the line of separation to the south possible?
2) Should english minefields be closed after traversing? Clarification through army.
1820 Order to Div.Späh.Kp: protection of left flank in connection to 2./Pz.Jg 39
2030 Command echelon reaches new div.command post at 466,5 right 4,5
Successes of the day: shooting down of 3 bomber and one fighter by I/Flak 18
8 bombing attacks in the area of the division
In the night rolling bombing attacks of several hours. Mainly losses and breakdowns at PzRgt 5 and Flak.
03/9 0715 Order to Oblt Guderian for continuously making contact with div. Littorio
A meeting with Ib shows a good supply status at almost 2 VS"

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Re: 21 Pz div in battle of Alam Halfa

Post by Aida1 » 22 Oct 2022 13:29

" 0800 The engineer recennaissance commando reports the finishing of the supply track through Deir el Munassib
3 minelanes guarantee a smooth pulling through of the division in the night
Battlegroup reports at
0805 Situation on the whole unchanged. At the right neighbour enemy tanks keep contact at 3 km. Strong concentrations before the left wing.
0810 Pz.Rgt 5 reports: 40 tanks south of the right wing. I have pushed forward reconnaissance troops on both wings.
Div.commander orders the reconnaissance of possibilities of deployments until into both deep flanks.
0840 Chief of staff DAK informs that division Littorio has received the order to retreat westsouthwest from midday
0900 Discussion between div.commander and Ia results in the following considerations:
with the start of the retreat by div.Littorio the 'knee' of battlegroup Pfeiffer at Deir el Tarfa is strongly threatened from 3 sides .
Decision:
1) Division Littorio has to divide the retreat in smalll groups until night , otherwise
2 ) the 'knee' has despite difficulties to be pulled back already during the day , because no counteratttack reserve is available
DAK is informed accordingly
0950 Chief DAK orders:
Littorio stays with tank btln and one Bersaglieri btln in the old area until the evening. Both commanders make contact."

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Re: 21 Pz div in battle of Alam Halfa

Post by Aida1 » 22 Oct 2022 16:55

" 1130 From the reports of troop units the following image of the enemy results :
Before the corner strongpoint Deir el Tarfa a bigger vehicle concentration with 30 tanks. Offensive intentions are not recognized.
From 6 tanks that were feeling forward 2 were killed by Pz.Jg.Abt 39 and 2 by artillery. Before the right wing a concentration of vehicles with 20
tanks, from there strong artilleryfire on rightwing.
HKAA Major Unrauh has observation positions with I and II/104 and operates with A.R. 155 before the whole front
1300 Commander of the remaining parts of the division Littorio , general Petersini visits the division commander . Meeting about
1) disengaging remaining parts of div. Littorio in small groups from 1600
2) A.R. 155 supports before the front of Littorio if the enemy pushes up
3) Remaining parts of Littorio have themselves to secure the disengaging with armored units. Use of Pz.Rgt 5 beyond own left flank is not
possible.
1330 Order goest out to Pz.Rgt 5 and battlegroup Pfeiffer:
1)in the night a new line will be reached:
462,8 right to 468,3 right 4,5 --470,5 right 5(already right neighbour) Defensive front is to be built as on previous days
2) Disengaging starts at 1900 , Pz.Rgt 5 at 2100
3) left neighbour Littorio stays until 1900 with remaining parts.
1400 Individual orders for the disengaging go out to the instructing officers of the troop units. Subsequently, reconnaissance of the new area under
command of Major Böhles.
1510 Meeting with Oberst Bruer concerning use of the artillery in the new area"

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Re: 21 Pz div in battle of Alam Halfa

Post by Aida1 » 23 Oct 2022 08:17

"1610 Corresponding reports from battlegroup Pfeiffer and Pz.Rgt 5 show enemy troop concentrations in a hollow 3 km before the left wing. Pilots
fired smoke several times smoke on the Pz.Jg.Abt 39. A concentrated strike by own artillery causes a loosening up of the enemy concentration
Offensive intentions are not noticeable.
1730 Commanding general informs the div. commander on the intended course of the disengagement:
In the night of 3/4.9 the ordered positions are to be reached and held until the early morning of 5.9 .
In the morning of 5.9 transfer to the southwest in the area to the east of the minefields .
In the night of 5/6.9 transfer with mass of the division behind the minefields.
Leaving behind a battlegroup to the east of the minefields until bigger mining undertakings have been finished.
Army artillery stays provisionally with the div.
1745 Order to commander Pz.Pi.Btln 200:
Stop the track building work . Remain in the area reached, reach the area 125,5 right 15,5 in the early morning.
1800 Battle group Pfeiffer and Pz.Rgt 5 report that tank screen of 1./Pz.Rgt 5 before strongpoint Deir el Tarfa has retreated on the strongpoint at
the approach of 7 enemy tanks.
At a counterattack by 1./ and 4./PzRgt 5 the enemy tanks have retreated.
1945 The command echelon reaches new command post 464 right 11,5
2130 To the northwest of the command post at ca 3,5 km strong combat noises.
2200 Order from DAK for further regrouping arrives.

04.09

0415 Commnder Pz.Pi.btln 200 reports that the pulling through of the btln in the new area is not possible because the mine lane is clogged by parts
of div. Trieste.
Ia orders cearing more lanes and reaching new area.
Hptm Endres reports a strong enemy attack with local successes on the front of 90.le div.
0630 Reconnaissance of the situation reveals that the enemy dented the middle of 90.le div. in the night and was cutoff in counterattack.
All positions are appoximately reached again by 90.le div."

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Re: 21 Pz div in battle of Alam Halfa

Post by Aida1 » 23 Oct 2022 13:59

" 0640 Ia personally instructs Oberst Müller in the situation and the mission: Pz.Rgt 5 scouts possibilities of action to the north and northwest and
pushes observation until enemy contact.
0700 Battlegroup Pfeiffer reports that the right wing(9./104) was outflanked by 10 enemy tanks after the retreat of the 15.Pzdiv and ca 30 men of
9./104. did not come back from the strongpoint.
After commitment of a company Pz.Rgt 5, the situation was cleared up.
I have strengthened the focal point at II/104 by a small intervention reserve.
0710 PzRgt 5 reports result of scouting:
Enemy had broken in at the northwest side of Deir el Munassib. Movements to the rear of the last units are clearly noticeable.
Div. commander orders:
South edge of Deir el Muhafid has to be held. Repositioning of I/Pz.Rgt 5 in the area of the div. command post.
0745 Following guidance goes out to DAK:
1) broken in enemy between minefield nortwest edge Deir el Munassib pulls back. Own artillery acts with visible success.
2) Quiet in the northeast. We have somewhat strengthened the pivot of the div. to the northeast of Muhafid.
3) Difficulties on the right wing(cutting off of part of 9./104 ), cleared up by own tank counter attack.
4) Pz.Rgt with mass in the area 464 right 11,5
5) contrary to the corps order, HKAA is already relocated outside the divisional area on the orders of the army "

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Re: 21 Pz div in battle of Alam Halfa

Post by Aida1 » 23 Oct 2022 15:36

" 0750 Ia orders battlegroup Pfeiffer:
Building of group Dillenburger from 2.PzJg.Abt 39 and Div.Späh.Kp
Mission : securing the left wing on the south edge of Deir el Muhafid
0800 Div.Späh.Kp reports that its left neighbour is Pz.Jg.Abt 605 . Further connection to 90. le.div still unclear.
0850 Div. command post relocates 1,5 km to the south to 126,5 right 7,5
0930 Commanding general visits div. command post
Briefing results in necessity to build focal point against the north by 90.le.div and 21.Pz.div
Accordingly to this Pz.Pi.btln 200 is to be positioned as intervention reserve
1030 Pz.Rgt 5 reports the repulse of an attack by 10 Mk II and following up infantry on the right wing
Situation is quiet again there. Connection with 15.Pz.div. by recce troops.
1100 The final judgment of the div.commander concerning the planning of a counterattack to the old strongpoint of 9./104 is that own forces are
too weak for counterattack.
1230 The following information on the situation goes out to DAK :
1) the connection to 90.le.div is ensured by link with Pz.Jg.Abt 605
2) Attack of 90.le.div gains little room. Enemy pulls back slowly.
3)9./104 has 2 off.and 32 men missing and holds new strongpoint on the right wing.
Counterattack to old strongpoint is not possible because of lack of forces."

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Re: 21 Pz div in battle of Alam Halfa

Post by Aida1 » 24 Oct 2022 14:26

" 1300 DAK orders the scouting of a new deployment area with forward line 468 right 13- 471,5 right 12-474 right 13 .
1400 Start of the ordered scouting cdo, all troop units to the south under command of major Böhles in the new deployment area east of the
minefields.
1425 Ia discusses with Ia 15. Pz. div. :
15. Pzdiv. only stays with rear guard (btln Busch) east of the minefields until the night. Btln Busch makes contact with right wing 21.Pz.div.
1500 At the order of DAK a radio message goes out to Major Böhles. Div. Ariete is to be informed that the 21.Pz will push past its positions in the
morning of 5.09.
1600 Contact by Ic with 90.lediv reveals that both divisions are pulled out together the 5.9 at 1400
1620 Order goes out to comanders Pz.Rgt 5, AR155 and battlegroup Pfeiffer:
Intention: Pulling out on 5.9
Group Pfeiffer starts at 0400. As on the earlier days, Pz.Rgt 5 builds tank screen to receive battle group Pfeiffer."
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Re: 21 Pz div in battle of Alam Halfa

Post by Aida1 » 26 Oct 2022 12:17

" Pz.Pi.btln moves into a reception position in the afternoon at point 93
2 batteries AR 155 are to be transferred in the new area in advance.
Today forward line : according to order DAK
Div.Pz.Späh.kp is to be deployed on the right wing and is subordinated to battle group Pfeiffer.
At
1700 Order goes out to Pz.Pi.btl n 200 :
Reception position around pt 93 is to be occupied immediately and to be held until relieved by Batlegroup Pfeiffer.
1945 Battle group Pfeiffer reports :
At a distance of 500-600 m before left wing(Pz.Jg.kp) enemy infantry with 15 tanks
II/104 deploys small reserve, Fla 617 btln puts 2 light Flak platoon behind PzJg.Kp
1950 Consultation with artilery commander reveals that forward observer on the left wing was killed and the arrival of the observer at Gruppe
Dillenburger was not reported yet.
2300 Battle group Pfeiffer reports that situation in front of Gruppe Dillenburger is quiet
The evening report revealed:
5 bombing attacks on the area of the division , losses at the heavy artillery Abteilung.
Commmander I/Pz.Rgt 5 Hptmn Kiehl and chef II/A.R.155 Hptmn Haubenreisser(on observation position) fallen.

0509
0400 Battle group Pfeiffer reports:
Quiet before the whole front. Start moving out."

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Re: 21 Pz div in battle of Alam Halfa

Post by Aida1 » 26 Oct 2022 18:33

" 0700 To DAK :
Mass of the division has retreated without enemy contact.
New command post 121,5 right 12,5(point 128)
0810 Concording reports from the 3 regiments result in the following picture of the enemy:
Enemy follows on the whole front with tank screen , from northeast and east with bigger groups of vehicles.
Pz.Rgt 5 leaves one tank company at the enemy, until battlegroup Pfeiffer is settled into the new defensive front, because enemy pushes harder
from the northeast.
0900 Pz.Pi.Btln 200 reives mission:
1) after instruction by Ia closing of the mine lanes in the north.
2) Building of a track by blasting mine lanes from the middle of the division to the west until Gebel Kalakh.
At
0930 The following guidance goes to DAK:
1)connection to left with smaller bridgheads of the div. Ariete before minefield.
2) according to a report by Pz.Rgt 5 the enemy tries to strike out with small scouting forces south of el Himmeimat
1100 Battlegroup Pfeiffer reports that Div.Späh.kp. is in fight with enemy scouting forces. Enemy falls back slowly. "

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Re: 21 Pz div in battle of Alam Halfa

Post by Aida1 » 27 Oct 2022 07:21

" The making contact with AA3 and AA33 reveals that there is an extension of the right wing over Quaret el Himeimat to the southwest by recce
troops.
At
1200 DAK transmits the new forward line for battlegroup Pfeiffer for the night of 05/6 .9 :
Point 125 to the north. Left connection to remaining parts of the div. Littorio.
1730 Order goes out to battlegroup Pfeiffer and A.R.155:
1) Battlegroup Pfeiffer builds bridghead east of the minefield in the line point 125 to 93 with left connection to Littorio , right to recce troops
of AA3
2) 2 light batteries go to battlegroup Pfeiffer and take position in the inttermediate minefield
3) III/A.R. 155 operates before the whole of the front, collaboration with group Pfeiffer.
4) March off times in the night of 05/6.9
III/AR 155 1915
II/Pz.Rgt 5 2200
II/AR155 2300
I/Pz.Rgt 5 0100
Div.staff 0300
Taking back battlegroup Pfeiffer in the new positions from 0300 "

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Re: 21 Pz div in battle of Alam Halfa

Post by Aida1 » 27 Oct 2022 13:54

" 1800 The division orders at the request of Major Pfeiffer :
1) 5./Pz.Rgt 5 is subordinated to battlegroup Pfeiffer
2) bend the right wing of the right btln to the west
AA3 makes daily scouting advances until 10 km to the east.
During the day for the first time no enemy air activity

06.09 0500 The command echelon reaches the new command post 115 right 2,5
Until 0700 the other parts of the division report their arrival in the new area."

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