bf109 emil wrote:Waaaay back when I first questioned the "splitting bit" it was because another poster, Rifleman2113, had claimed that they had "fought" their way in, which is incorrect. KG Rauch did not fighting when they drove to Luc sur Mer since their approach route was via Mathieu and west of Plumetot and Cresserons...quite simply their were no British or Canadian troops there for them to split.
not trying to split hairs here, but perhaps the fighting their way in might have come from resistance to naval bombardment and air cover as opposed to a conventional term as facing an army or combating direct resistance...
Unsure as I lack the resources to conclude if the 21st came under resistance from air and sea and hence the term "fighting" or "fought" as opposed to "losses"
Perhaps a casualty list or losses for the 21st Panzer on June 6 might show that they did indeed suffer losses although the term "fought" might be better substituted for "losses inflicted upon"...as IMHO I find it hard to fathom a German Panzer outfit driving to the coast, turning around and suffering little loss during this day with the air and sea arsenal in full swing...
I did find this showing losses from June 6-8th for the 21st Panzer...but rather a poor site as losses are not related as to causes
Division combat losses:
6 June, 1944: 16 tanks lost.
8 June, 1944: 70 out of 124 Mk IVs operational after air attacks. Staffordshire Yeomanry AT and artillery get 13 more.http://www.spearhead1944.com/gerpg/ger1.htm
another poor example cites this but lacks definitive information as to losses inflicted upon on June 6 before retreating..."The 21.Panzer was still in France when the Allies launched their invasion of Normandy in June of 1944, and the division was thrown into action against the Allied postions as the only Panzer unit to do so on the 1st day of the attack, June 6th. Most of its armour was lost early in the battles, but the Grenadiers of the Division fought in and around Caen for many weeks.http://www.feldgrau.com/heer21p.html
this sites does list the 21st as counterattacking so I maybe assume the term "fought" might be appropriate...The German 21st Panzer Division counterattacks in the late afternoon but does not dislodge the British defenders http://www.onwar.com/chrono/1944/jun44/f06jun44.htm
Prob not helpful but the following website shows that Pz.Gren.Rgt. 192 lost 427 men by 16 June; to big of a gap to note anything of importance however.
It also notes that by 9th June approx 60 MK IVs were combat ready, with an unknown number under repair, out of the 98 combat ready tanks it had on 1 June (with a further 14 under various stages of repair). 16 June it strength peaks at 85 combat ready tanks if any one is intrested.
Source: http://w1.183.telia.com/~u18313395/norm ... gerob.html