Brandenburg Raid Murmansk RR Aug 1942

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Brandenburg Raid Murmansk RR Aug 1942

Post by Cav1 » 08 Dec 2013 17:32

The German Brandenburg company attached to 20th Mountain Army GHQ was discussed with some good information from Harri in this old thread.

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=28980

I happened to be looking through this old US Army Historical Study from 1953 Small Unit Actions During the German Campaign in Russia, available for download from army archives.
http://usacac.army.mil/CAC2/CGSC/CARL/d ... 20_269.pdf
The whole books is a rather interesting collection of combat actions from a grunt's eye view rather than the usually dry reading of official histories and quite readable.

At any rate, in Part 3: Special Operations, Chapter 4: Fighting in Taiga and Tundra, Vignette II is entitled A Sabotage Operation Against the Murmansk-Leningrad Line (August 1942), pp 178-190.

Seems to me this must be the "Canoe Guerrillas" raid from the Finnish language book Kanoottisissit by Pentti Tikkanen. There's a chapter on it in Eric Lefevre's book Brandenburg Division: Commandos of the Reich but other than that I have not found much of anything about the operation in English language sources. I thought anyone with an interest in the raid would enjoy this vignette.

Does anyone know of any other English-language or perhaps even German accounts of this action?
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Re: Brandenburg Raid Murmansk RR Aug 1942

Post by larth » 09 Dec 2013 20:02

Hi,

yes, it is also covered in the "Der Landseer" number 2129: A. Gütte: "Stoßtrupp gegen die Murman-Bahn" (1999), on some 60+ pages.

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Re: Brandenburg Raid Murmansk RR Aug 1942

Post by Juha Tompuri » 11 Dec 2013 22:43

The gun mentioned here to have been:
-75mm
-weight 150kg
-range 5km
7,5 cm Leicht Geschütz 40?

German troops at the raid being from Captain Benesch 15. light company (gebirgsjäger)?
The German codename for the raid being Geheimauftrag 800?
http://www.pkymasehist.fi/phpBB2/viewto ... 2662&hilit

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