German OOB for battle of Riga.6.29-30.1941?

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German OOB for battle of Riga.6.29-30.1941?

Post by Alex Yeliseenko » 01 Apr 2007 18:13

Hello all!

Any will tell OOB German troops, battled for Riga these days?

In advance thanks.

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Post by Gothard » 01 Apr 2007 20:02

lots of sources there - national archives has the official AGN history with the attack in extreme detail. Its in german but worrh seeing

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Post by Karte » 05 Apr 2007 01:27

Gothard-

Do you happen to know the record group and file location at NARA for this document? I live nearby NARA and would like to get a copy. Thanks!

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Maybe this will help?.......

Post by William Russ » 07 Apr 2007 19:32

Hello Alex,
This is what Werner Haupt has in his book Army Group North; The Wehrmacht in Russia 1941-1945, pages 39-40. I will qoute the relevant paragraphs:
'The assault on Riga began on the morning of 6/29 at 0310 hours. In spite of enemy resistance, the three march groups stormed into the Latvian capital.
The lead elements of the group - five assault guns of the 3./185th Assault Gun Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Geissler, three air defense guns, one 3.7 cm anti-tank gun, one group of the 10th Company of the 43rd Infantry Regiment, and a group of engineers from the 43rd Infantry regiment - rushed over the 600 meter long railroad bridge, taking the enemy bank... then the bridge was blown into the air behind them. The follow-on combat group (Major Helbig) could not close with them. They had to set up a hasty defense of their side of the Deuna.
Then the Soviets attacked. It was elements of the 10th, 11th and 90th Security Divisions, which now placed Colonel Lasch's advanced soldiers in a critical situation. The isolated German combat group repulsed the fierce Soviet counterattack. 9 officers and 82 non-commissioned officers and men fell in the street battle in Riga.
Then elements of the I Army Corps, 5th Battalion of the 61st Infantry Division (Lieutenant General Hänicke) and elements of the 667th Engineer Regiment (Colonel Ullersperger) reached the Duena. During the night of 7/1, the engineers crossed the river in assault boats and ferries.
There were no enemy forces in the city. The Soviets had evacuated Riga during the night.'
From this I would say it was a mix of units from the 1st Infantry Division (43rd Infantry Regiment) and the 61st Infantry Division (162nd Infantry Regiment). Like Gothard said, the Army Group North war diary probably has the actual breakdown of units. I have some Army Group North microfilm records, but not the war diary. I can find which reel number it is on, however, as I have the guide book for the microfilm rolls. I'll post that later.

Hope this helps, Bill

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Microfilm Info...

Post by William Russ » 08 Apr 2007 19:53

Hi All,
As promised, here is the microfilm info. The Army Group North war diary is on series T311/ roll number 53/ frames 7065769-7066098. It would be worth looking at the I Army Corps war diary also to back up what is in the Army Group North diary. It is; T314/39/681-1046. Maybe Karte can look for you?

Hope this helps, Bill

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Post by Qvist » 13 Apr 2007 19:58

Hello Alex

I have the daily casualty returns for AOK 18 in June, if that's of interest?

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Post by Qvist » 13 Apr 2007 20:01

A small case study of AOK 18's daily reported losses in June 1941:


Sources: The operational descriptions are taken from the Tagesmeldungen der Opereations-Abteilung des GenStdH (reproduced in KTB OKW bd.1, p. 490 to 502. The loss figures are taken from the daily Verlustmeldungen of AOK 18, which can be found in RH19-III/507.

22 June

The army broke through the Soviet border defences. I AK reached the line Tryon-Spraudaiciai-Pajuris. XXVI AK, Endriejavas-Zodeikiai. 291.ID: Skuodas bridgehead.

Losses:

FORMATION KIA WIS MIA TOTAL Comments
I AK
1.ID 32 153 4 189
11.ID 47 114 7 168
11.ID 0 0 1 1 Nachmeldung 3.7.
21.ID 26 73 11 110
StuG Abt 185 1 6 0 7

XXVI AK
61.ID 39 114 12 165
217.ID 80 167 15 262
Verst.IR 374 7 11 1 19
Korps H.A.426 2 1 0 3
Pi.Btl.660 0 1 0 1
Radf.Btl.402 3 2 0 5

XXXVIII AK
58.ID 1 0 0 1

291.ID 42 86 0 130
MB Btl. 10 0 3 0 3
Radf.Btl. 403 9 15 0 24
Kdt.r.A.Geb.583 0 0 0 0 1 Offz. V.W.Btl. 531

IN ALL 1,088


23 June

The Red Army had not, according to the Tagesmeldung, made a strong stand anywhere along the Herresgruppe front, but withdrew to the Northeast under cover of rearguards. I AK reached the line Maldunai-Bartasiske. XXVI AK, Rietawas-Sendvariai. 291.ID with mass of Division in the area Prekuln-Skuodas.

Losses:

FORMATION KIA WIA MIA TOTAL Comments
I AK
1.ID 0 0 0 0
11.ID 29 103 16 148
21.ID 3 10 0 13
Ft.Rgt.St.518 3 8 4 15

XXVI AK
61.ID 25 84 3 112
217.ID 56 153 16 225
Radf.Btl. 402 1 8 0 9

XXXVIII AK
58.ID 4 8 0 12

291.ID 2 14 0 16
Radf.Btl. 403 9 34 0 43

IN ALL 593

24 June

The Red Army in front of AOK 18 continued to withdraw Northeast, but while offering zähem Widerstand.I AK reached the Kelme-Vaigava road, XXXVIII AK, the East bank of the Jura river by Kajurelis, XXVI AK the Tverai-Zarenai road and northwards. 291.ID east of Libau (Liepaja).

Losses:
FORMATION KIA WIA MIA TOTAL Comments
I AK
1.ID 37 146 5 188
11.ID 6 13 5 24
21.ID 4 17 0 21
H.A. 41 1 3 0 3
StuG Abt 185 0 2 0 2

XXVI AK
61.ID 5 15 0 20
217.ID 34 83 5 122 1 Officer accident
Bau.Btl.100 0 1 0 1

XXXVIII AK
58.ID 7 62 1 70
204.ID 0 1 0 1

291.ID 17 31 0 48 1 Man accident
Marine-Stosstr.Abt. 0 1 0 1 Figures only for officers
Eisb.Pz.Zg. 6 0 6 0 6
Arko 104 0 0 0 0 1 Officer accident

Arko 123 1 0 0 1 Nachmeldung 3.7.

In ALL 508

Presumably in the evening of the 24th, a report was worked out which gave an overall view of the losses during the first three days of the campaign. This gave a total of 438 KIA, 1,198 WIA and 97 MIA, for a total of 1,733. That however did not include losses of AK I on the 24th, or of 11.ID on the 23rd. If we add these as they emerge from the previously quoted reports, the total is 2,119. The sum of the three daily reports is 2,187, so it seems likely that some downwards adjustments had been made.

25 June

HG Nord continued to advance northeastwards against what is described as a zäh und hinterlistig kämpfenden Feind. The Russian air force was more active than previously, with repeated attacks made. AOK 18 captured 40 light tanks, 4 guns and 4 flak guns. I AK reached a point 6 km NW of Kelme, XXVI AK SE of Zarenai, with elements in Plunge.

LOSSES

FORMATION KIA WIA MIA TOTAL Comments
I AK
1.ID 6 17 0 23
11.ID 8 24 3 35
21.ID 1 5 9 15
21.ID 30 124 0 174 Nachmeldung
21.ID -6 -6 Nachmeldung – recovered MIA
StugAbt. 185 0 3 0 3 Nachmeldung

XXVI AK
61.ID 7 9 0 16
217.ID 32 83 24 141
Radf.Btl. 402 0 5 0 5

XXXVIII AK
58.ID 17 47 4 68

291.ID 0 0 1 1 Preliminary

Kodeis 18 1 0 0 1 Nachmeldung 3.7.

IN ALL 476

Here we for the first time see the daily mechanism of adjustments in loss reporting in play. 21.ID initially reports 15 casualties, including 9 missing. Later in the same day, it corrects that report, stating that 6 of the 9 missing soldiers had been recovered. It also reports 30 dead and 124 not included in the first report, presumably due to hectic activity.

26 June

AOK 18 continued to adance northeast against tough enemy opposition. I AK stood on both sides of Schadow, with lwading elements at Sereikiai (16km NW of Schadow), XXVI AK on both sides of Raudenai, XXXVIII AK at Uzoentis, 291.ID unchanged.

Losses:

FORMATION KIA WIA MIA TOTAL Comments
I AK
1.ID 4 16 0 20
11.ID 5 5 4 14
21.ID 1 5 9 15
21.ID 3 4 0 7 Nachmeldung
21.ID -3 -3 Nachmeldung –fewer officers WIA
StugAbt.185 0 1 0 1 Nachmeldung

XXVI AK
61.ID 52 115 55 222
217.ID 8 27 0 35
Radf.Btl.402 2 14 0 16

XXXVIII AK
58.ID 8 21 0 29

291.ID As yet no report
291.ID 61 228 85 374 Nachmeldung
Ldschtz.Btl.859 3 9 2 14 Nachmeldung
Marine-Stosstr.Abt. 51 47 0 98 Nachmeldung

Kodeis 18 1 2 0 3 Nachmeldung 3.7.

IN ALL 845

Here we again see the mechanism of adjustment. 291.ID, which obviously had a rough day as it suffered by far the greatest losses any division of the army had so far incurred in a single day, was not in a position to report on time, and it (and its attached units, which also suffered heavily) could only do so later. 21.ID again made an adjustment to its previously reported figures, as it stated in its Nachmeldung that of 4 officers reported wounded in its first report, only 1 was actually wounded.


27 June

AOK 18 attacked retreating russian forces, supported by Luftflotte 1. I AK reached the line Staciunai-Joneskes, XXVI AK Gruzdziai-Tnyskiai, 291.ID immediately east of Libau and around Durben and Prekuln.

Losses


FORMATION KIA WIA MIA TOTAL Comments

I AK
1.ID No report yet
11.ID No report yet
21.ID 0 4 0 4

XVI AK
61.ID 70 96 9 175
217.ID 37 113 14 164
Pi.Btl.660 0 16 0 16
s.Art.Abt.633 0 0 1 1

XXXXVIII AK
58.ID 0 5 0 5
254.ID 0 1 0 1
Korps-N.A. 438 0 1 0 1

291.ID No report yet

Let us here look at the Nachmeldung separately:

FORMATION KIA WIA MIA TOTAL Comments
I AK
1.ID 0 4 0 4
1.ID (Adv. Guard) 0 1 0 1
11.ID 1 1 0 2
21.ID 0 4 0 4
Fla.Btl. 604 1 2 0 3

291.ID 10 22 0 32
Marine-Stoss.Abt. 17 59 15 91
Fla.Kp.1/31 1 2 0 3
MG Btl 10 0 4 0 4

In Addition were reported, in a separate Nachmeldung of 3 July:

Arm-Na.Rgt. 520 1 2 0 3 Nachmeldung 3.7.


IN ALL (all 3 reports) 514


28 June

The russians continued to withdraw, without notable fighting save for isolated nests. I AK had reached the line Deglenai-Linkuva-Zeimeliai with lead elements at Bausk, XXVI AK the Musa areas NE of Gruzdziai and Sakina, 291.ID entered Liepaja.

I AK
1.ID 0 2 0 2
1.ID 0 2 0 2 Nachmeldung
1.ID (adv. Guard) 9 10 20 39 Nachmeldung
11.ID 0 1 0 1
11.ID 0 2 0 2 Nachmeldung
11.ID (adv. Guard) 3 8 0 11 Nachmeldung
21.ID 0 2 0 2
21.ID 2 4 0 6 Nachmeldung
21.ID (adv. Guard) 1 7 2 10 Nachmeldung
Wach-Kp
Pfannenstiel 3 5 0 8 Nachmeldung
Fla.Btl. 604 1 3 0 4 Nachmeldung

XXVI AK
61.ID 3 10 1 14 + 1 sonstige verluste
217.ID 0
Pz.Jg.Abt. 583 1 2 0 3

XXXXVIII AK
58.ID 0 0 2 2 1 MIA corrected to KIA in NM
254.ID 1 1 0 2

291.ID 14 27 6 47 +4 sonstige Verluste
MG Btl. 10 25 41 0 66
Armee-Nacghr.
Rgt. 520 0 1 0 1
Kodeis 18 1 6 1 8 Nachmeldung 3.7.

IN ALL 230


On the 28th, there was also ssued a report which gave cumulative casualties per unit since 22 June.

22.-28. June

Wach-Btl. 531 1
Armee-Nachr.Rgt.520 1
1.ID 423
11.ID 294
21.ID 179
61.ID 709
217.ID 966
Verst.IR 374 19
Korps-N.A. 426 3
Pi.Btl. 660 17
Radf.Btl.402 25
Bau-Btl. 100 1
s.Art.Abt. 633 4
Pz.Jg.Abt.563 3
58.ID 187
254.ID 4
Korps N.A. 438 1
291.ID 242 Without Meldungen 25. and 27. June
MG Btl. 10 70
Radf. Btl. 403 72
Mar.Stosstr.Abt. 1 Other reports are missing
Pz.Zug 6 6

IN ALL 3,337

As is clear from the Comments, there are some notable omissions in the above that we can already identify because we have the subsequent Nachmeldungen – in particular, the losses of 291.ID on 25 and 27 June, and those of the Marine-Stosstrupp-Abteilung.

These, and numerous other omissions, were issued in a separate Nachmeldung:

FORMATION KIA WIA MIA TOTAL Comments
A.Na.R. Abt. 530 1 2 0 3
Kodeis 18 3 8 1 12

I AK
Korps-N.A.41 1 3 0 4
Stug.Abt. 185 1 12 0 13
Arko 123 1 0 0 1
Pi.Rgt.Stab 519 3 8 1 12
Fla.Btl. 604 3 5 0 8
Wach-Kp. Pfannen-
stiel 3 5 0 8
1.ID 9 15 20 44
11.ID 4 9 1 14
21.ID 36 139 0 175

XXVI AK
Radf.Btl.402 0 10 0 10

291.ID 71 251 85 407
MG Btl. 10 0 4 0 4
Marine-Stosstr.Abt. 58 106 15 179
Landes-Schtz.Btl. 859 3 9 9 17
Fla.Kp.1/31 1 2 0 3

IN ALL, 910
REPORT + NACHMELDUNG 4,247


In 58.ID, one officer reported missing were in fact dead, and 3 of the 6 men and NCOs reported missing had been recovered. 1 Officer reported Missing in 291.ID were corrected to killed.

This underlines the importance of taking into account Nachmeldungen when working with these reports. The original report understates AOK 18 losses by roughly a quarter.

June 29

Elements of the Army were now in Riga, engaged in intensive fighting in the southern part of the city, particularly around the railway bridge. Further elements were closing in on the city. I AK had reached the line Krincinas-Bausk, XXVI AK spearheads some 15 km south of Mitau, parts of I and XXVI AK around Riga, 291.ID with main mass in Liepaja, elements in Prekuln, lead elements marching East, having reached Skrunda.

Losses:

FORMATION KIA WIA MIA TOTAL Comments
I AK
1.ID 23 41 52 116
11.ID 19 37 46 102
21.ID 15 31 12 58
Stug.Abt. 185 15 7 1 23
Radf.Btl. 402 4 49 0 53
Fla.Btl. 604 4 1 13 18

XXVI AK
61.ID 0 16 0 16
217.ID 0 2 0 2

XXXVIII AK
58.ID 2 0 0 2
291.ID Not yet any report

1./Fla.Btl. 55 0 0 1 1 Nachmeldung 3.7.
Kdr. D.Bau-Tr. 32 1 0 0 1 Nachmeldung 3.7.
Tr.Entg.Kp. 637 6 2 1 9 Nachmeldung 3.7.

IN ALL 401

Most unfortunately, we do not have the Nachmeldungen for this date. There clearly was one, given that 291.ID had not submitted any report. Some figures were added in a 3 July correction, but these can not be all.

30 June

FORMATION KIA WIA MIA TOTAL Comments
I AK
Arko 123 0 0 0 1 1 Man accident
1.ID 6 45 0 51 Advance guard only
11.ID 1 43 1 45 Advance guard only
21.ID 0 4 0 4 Advance guard only
Stug.Abt.185 1 12 0 13
Art.Abt.536 0 0 2 2

XXVI
61.ID 6 9 2 18 1 Man accident
Pz.Jg.Abt.563 0 1 0 1

XXXVIII AK
No report

291.ID Not yet any report
291.ID 2 6 0 8 Nachmeldung 3 July

IN ALL 143

Here too, there were clearly additional Nachmeldungen.


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Post by teg » 22 Jul 2007 10:40

But there is no information about the losses during the battle of Libau.

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Post by Qvist » 22 Jul 2007 11:18

Yes, there is. That's 291.ID with associated units.

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Re: German OOB for battle of Riga.6.29-30.1941?

Post by tigre » 30 Jul 2014 18:48

Hello to all :D; an old thread but..................

Raudenai Jun 1941.
26 June

AOK 18 continued to adance northeast against tough enemy opposition. I AK stood on both sides of Schadow, with leading elements at Sereikiai (16km NW of Schadow), XXVI AK on both sides of Raudenai, XXXVIII AK at Uzoentis, 291.ID unchanged.
A hard day with a heavy toll for the Germans................Anyone has more details on hand? TIA. Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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