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Hatten and Rittershoffen January 1945

Discussion in 'Western Europe 1943 - 1945' started by Kai-Petri, Dec 13, 2002.

  1. RichTO90

    RichTO90 Well-Known Member

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    A couple of minor corrections/clarifications.



    The schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 653 consisted of two companies of Jagdtiger. They were never known as "Tiger III".

    Division zum besondern Verwendung (z.b.V.) Division Rässler was a "special employment division" organized 11 September 1944 to command the rear area of Korps Feldt in operations against the US 82d Airborne Division. Korps Feldt was an ad hoc formation organized from the Ersatz und Ausbildungs (replacement and training) and security units of Wehrkreis VI (Military District 6). It was reorganized 28 December 1944 as an element of the LXXXIX Korps of 1. Armee in the area north of Lauterburg. It was "professional" and was not really "static", but was a line of communications unit, so yes, was not meant to provide infantry support.

    As Alsa.se noted, sources indicate that 7. FJD was on the line Sessenheim-Dalhunden-Drusenheim when it went into action in January, but that does not mean that various detachments would not be assigned to support the attacking elements further north.
     
  2. danielponiallain

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    So, It's true that the German 7th Parachute Division's 19th and 21st Parachute Regiment did attack South from Wissembourg starting on the night of January 12-13, 1945 to link the the German Divisions, including the 20th Parachute Regiment, fighting at Hatten and Rittershoffen with the Germans attacking across the Upper Rhine River in the Gambsheim Bridgehead which was mainly the German 553rd Volks-Grenadier Division starting on January 5, 1945 joined by the German 10th SS Panzer Division on January 16, 1945! I only jokingly refer to the Jagdtigers as "Tiger III's starting in my Childhood in the 1970's but by the 1980's, I realized they based on the Tiger II with a 128mm Gun. Thanks to You and Alsa-ce. who comments also. Did the link up occur between the German Divisions in the Tank Battles of Hatten and Rittershoffen and the Gambsheim-Herrlisheim Bridgehead occur on January 16 or January 19, 1945 which certainly mainly a German 7th Parachute Division Battle with the 653rd Heavy Tank Destroyer Battalion, the 394th and 667th Assault Gun Battalions, which were barely able to extract themselves from Collision of U.S and German Tanks, Infantry and Artillery melee at Hatten and Rittershoffen on the Night of January 12-13, 1945 and also the 1st Mark IV Battalion of the 10th SS Panzer Regiment which actually did attack South from Lauterbourg in a Classic German Pincer Attack between the German 21st Panzer, 25th Panzer-Grenadier and Elements of the German 7th Parachute and 47th Volks-Grenadier Divisions at Hatten and Rittershoffen and the German 10th SS Panzer and 553rd Volks-Grenadier Divisions at Gambsheim and Herrlisheim? Dan Kneeland
     
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    Dear Alsa.se: Thank You Very Much Information on the overlooked Operations of the German 7th Parachute Division's 19th 21st Parachute Regiments between the Huge Tank Battles of Hatten and Ritterhoffen and Gambsheim and Herrlisheim which The German 7th Parachute Division linked up either on January 16 or January 19, 1945! I'm glad You survived the Battle of Hatten and Rittershoffen as Many Alsatian Civilian were Martyred in this Nightmarish and Terrifying Battle My Father fought in the Battle of Rittershoffen from January 11-20, 1945 with Company B of the 68th Armored Infantry Battalion of the U.S 14th Armored Division. They went in with maybe 225-235 Soldiers out of 251 in a Full Strength Armored Infantry Company and came out with about 83 on January 21, 1945. Dan Kneeland
     
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