By Helmut Ritgen
Textual content through Oberst a.D. Helmut Ritgen with unique wartime images by means of the writer. This well-informed account of the sixth Panzer department is principally precious as the writer fought with the eleventh Panzer Regiment. It files the inception, formation and constitution of the department and chronologically follows its development during the warfare. The textual content is supported by way of color images taken via the writer in the course of global struggle II and provides an in depth exam of existence within the Panzers when at the same time documenting their relentless growth. Feared via Allied soldiers and devastating of their quick prosecution of the early conflict the Panzers have been the trendy German combating males; good outfitted, fantastically prompted and unstoppably winning. till the Allies have been in a position to consolidate their troops, re-engineer their apparatus and redraw their strategies the Panzers ruled Europe with a thunderous conquering strength.
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Both assault battalions of the J42d on Red and Green beaches were pinned down from time to time. Machine gunners and snipers in the 50-foot Tower of Paestum and in two-story buildings north of the tower fired on them. To the northwest they met similar opposition from Germans concealed in a grove of saplings and sheltered by the dunes overlooking the beach. Officers and men were separated . Nevertheless, elements of the 2d and 3d Battalions worked their way toward the railroad. During the first hour of the landings, Pvt.
Me. irst three assault waves were pin ned down after advancing about 400 yards inland and could move on ly by crawling under fire . Part of Company L, however, led hy Capt. Edgar Ford, headed toward its objective. Companies I and K were unable to reform, but the men fought forward singly and in groups of two or three. iring from behind a rock wall 200 yards forward. Pvt. James M. Logan, of Company I, advanced alone from an irrigation canal 800 yards from shore. With bullets hitting around him, he killed three Germans who rushed from a gap in the wall .
Reloading his gun, he too kept up his fire until he forced the tank to turn away. By noon the main tank assault on the southern beaches had been brought virtually to a standstill. Naval gunfire and fire from mortars and howitzers had helped to make the operations costly for the enemy, but to a large extent the battle had been fought by the infantrymen, using infantry weapons. Meanwhile, the Regimental Command Post was moved 500 yards directly inland from Yellow Beach. By this time, communications were through to the 2d and 3d Battalions, but patrols 29 had been unable to reach the 1St Battalion because ot enemy sniping, machine-gun and artillery fire.
6th Panzer Division 1937-45 by Helmut Ritgen