May 1940 - German paratroop platoon at Rotterdam stadium...

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May 1940 - German paratroop platoon at Rotterdam stadium...

Post by max.power » 27 Jan 2004 07:40

Hi guys,

On May 10, 1940, as part of the German airborne assault on the Netherlands, a platoon of paratroopers was landed at a football stadium in south Rotterdam. They then commandeered a tram to head to the Willems Bridge to join up with the force landed by seaplane at the bridge, to hold it until more troops who landed at the Waalhaven aerodrome could reach them and link up...Would anyone happen to know what platoon this was that landed at the stadium? I believe it was part of 3rd Battalion, 7th Flieger Division, but haven't been able to find the designation of the actual platoon...hopefully someone out there can help. Thanks.

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Andrew

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Post by Juha Hujanen » 27 Jan 2004 11:32

I belive platoon was from 11.Kompanie and CO was Oberleutnant Horst Kerfin.I don't know actual platoon number :oops:

Source:Pallud-Blitzkrieg in the West.Then And Now.

Cheers/Juha

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Rotterdam

Post by rico_nl2003 » 16 Feb 2004 12:28

The only thing I know it was III/ Fallschirmjager Regiment 1

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May 1940 - German paratroop platoon at Rotterdam stadium...

Post by Simon Gunson » 05 May 2004 01:07

The unit which your platoon belonged to was 3rd Batalion 1st Parachute Regiment which were dropped over a wide area. The intended target was to capture the airport at Wahlhaaven for the 22 Air landing division which arrived by Ju-52 at the airport.

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Post by brustcan » 08 May 2004 20:26

Juha Hujanen wrote:I belive platoon was from 11.Kompanie and CO was Oberleutnant Horst Kerfin.I don't know actual platoon number :oops:

Source:Pallud-Blitzkrieg in the West.Then And Now.

Cheers/Juha
Correct, It was the 11th Company FJ 1, under Oberleutnant Horst Kerfin. The task force of 50 men landed at the stadium, took over the trams, and managed to race through Rotterdam and cross the Maas to the northern
bridgehead. The 120 men holding the bridgehead had landed near the
bridge, on the river in 12 Heinkel 59 floatplanes. Thanks brustcan

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Post by Peter H » 01 Oct 2007 04:35

This is said to be a photo of Kerfin taken in Russia in 1942.He was killed in January 1943.

From German Paratroopers,Chris McNab
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Post by Fallschirmjäger » 02 Oct 2007 06:05

Great picture Peter,seen this before somewhere,but not as large as this,thanks.

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Post by Peter H » 02 Oct 2007 14:58

Some excellent photos of FJ here:

http://www.grebbeberg.nl/dordt/

Click: Beeldmateriaal

Then: Duitse opnamen


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FJ on site?

Post by Fallschirmjäger » 04 Oct 2007 08:30

Thanks again peter,and see i had this saved on my favorites list but maybe not looked into too good,like this info you gave is where all the FJ related pictures etc... are right?.
Oh and another one no english translation to make it easier to look around for more maybe FJ pictures,maybe late war ones too?,as my dutch is not realy good. :wink:

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Post by Peter H » 09 Oct 2007 10:12

This might help.

As I said Click Beeldmateriaal on the top of the page.

This will take you to the Beeldmateriaal page.

Then on the top side left you will see: Duitse opnamen(128).Click this.

This takes you to 128 German photos.

Those that state Mei 1940,mean May 1940,originals from the campaign.

Those that state September 1940,are propaganda shots from a film made in September 1940 to commemorate the action.

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Post by Fallschirmjäger » 11 Oct 2007 06:14

Ok thanks Peter will try this out later when i can.

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