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Old 01-29-2019, 03:40 PM   #16
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Hi Raul,

It seems you are well informed about the may 1940 period in the northern part of Holland (movements of the 1.kav.div etc).
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Reconnaissance in the northern area of the Wonsstelling (between Zürich and Harlingen) may 1940.
The area was inundated by the Dutch troops to stop / delay the German troops.
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Radfahr-Abteilung 1.
Old 02-05-2019, 07:19 PM   #18
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The Radfahr-Abteilung 1 in the North of Netherland 1940.

The Wonsstelling - May 12, 1940.

The Wonsstelling was a 7-kilometer-long position from Zurich on the Waddenzeedijk to Makkum on the IJsselmeerdijk, behind the natural obstacle of the Gooijumervaart and the Melkvaart. The combat positions erected from earth and wood had not been buried but built up in elevation because of the usual high groundwater level; as a result they were, as it were, displayed on a tray for enemy scouts, fighter pilots and artillery observers. To that worrying situation, which of course was not help the morale of the 1-33 RI commanded by reserve major B. Smid, hardly anything could be improved by an inadequate prepared inundation that would facilitate the defense.

In the meantime, the position of the Kornwerderzand with the construction of modern casemates of reinforced concrete (costs: fl. 2.215.000, -) was ready to block an attack in the back of the navy harbor den Helder and the 'fortress Holland'. The organic occupation of Kornwerderzand consists of 7 officers and 220 non-commissioned officers and men. The operation of the guns comes from the Coastartillerie Regiment. The searchlight is operated by the Engineers Regiment. Commander of the position was captain C.F.J. Boers.

In the night hours of May 12, a German reconnaissance unit, consisting of seven armored cars, approaches Zurich from the north. This unit was taken under fire by the Dutch Royal Navy, hence four armored cars were disabled. The remaining part then retreated back to Pingjum.

At 06:15 hours the Dutch fighter plane Fokker C-V No. 594 took off with the task to investigate and photograph enemy artillery positions. The Fokker C-V No. 612 was instructed to explore the troop assembled for the Wonenstelling. To the north-east of Pingjum a large number of saddled horses were observed, which were located around a farm, from which it can be deduced that a detachment of enemy cavalry halted at this farm.

Around noon the German artillery, located north of the line Witmarsum-Pingjum, opened the fire on the position between Gooium and Haaijum, while it is observed that the enemy was unloading troops at Pingjum. At about 13:00 hours the German troops from Pingjum moved forward on both sides of the road Pingjum-Cornwerd. These were the 2nd (south of the road) and 3rd squadron (north of the road). From the Kop Afsluitdijk, the set up Dutch pieces of artillery opened up in an easterly direction on the approaching enemy from Pingjum. The field guns of the Germans were now also starting to shoot. In addition, the attack on Kornwerderzand started: a series of air attacks, followed by artillery bombardments from the Frisian coast.

On 12 May, the bridgehead-style positions at the entrance to the dam were eliminated by the reinforced Rf 1. A strong push group of the division against the fort that same day did not advance and had to retire.


The Wonsstelling...................................... ....


German attack............................................ ..

Sources: Die Aufklärer der 1. Kavallerie Division/24. Pz Division.
Von Lemberg bis Bordeaux. Leo Leixner.
Nach Holland. De Meidagenvan 1940 dor Duitse ogen.
https://pingjumgeschiedenis.wordpress.com/1900-1940/
https://pingjumgeschiedenis.wordpress.com/b-1940-1945/
https://www.militairespectator.nl/si...11-01-0055.PDF

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Radfahr-Abteilung 1.
Old 02-26-2019, 03:19 PM   #19
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The Radfahr-Abteilung 1 in the North of Netherland 1940.

Kornwerderzand - May 13, 1940.

After shelling from the Frisian coast, the German army commanded Oberstleutnant von Edelsheim to attack the position of Kornwerderzand in the afternoon of May 13 (Whit Monday) with his reinforced battle group. The attack was carried out with an estimated 600 men, divided over five shock groups; In the evening, a platoon led by Leutnant Heinz Kolczyk carries out an armed exploration in the direction of Kornwerderzand. At a distance of 800 meters Captain Boers opens the fire with explosive grenades from the 5cm guns of two casemates. The attack fails completely, the Germans take their wounded and fallen as quickly as possible.

The 50-meter-wide embankment offered neither the slightest cover nor the slightest cover on its roadside on either side of its embankments towards the water, so that the guns and machine-gun of the forts made it impossible to deal with the mined wire entanglements.

No mention of the actual losses is ever mentioned in a battle report. The German loss list speaks only of some of the fallen, but from the diary of the German division doctor it appears afterwards that on May 17 dozens of wounded remain in the hospital in Leeuwarden.


Scheme of the Kornwerderzand ............................................ ..

Sources: Die Aufklärer der 1. Kavallerie Division/24. Pz Division.
Von Lemberg bis Bordeaux. Leo Leixner.
Nach Holland. De Meidagenvan 1940 dor Duitse ogen.
https://pingjumgeschiedenis.wordpress.com/1900-1940/
https://pingjumgeschiedenis.wordpress.com/b-1940-1945/
https://www.militairespectator.nl/si...11-01-0055.PDF

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Old 03-05-2019, 08:33 AM   #20
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The Radfahr-Abteilung 1 in the North of Netherland 1940.

Kornwerderzand - May 14, 1940.

The next morning, May 14, the German artillery again attacked the position. From Kornwerderzand, the enemy battery positions had already been measured, but for lack of own artillery and aircraft that information was useless. Consultation between the members of the navy and land forces in Den Helder led to a unique solution: the gunboat HM Johan Maurits van Nassau, armed with three guns of 15 cm, would act as a floating battery and a point north of the Afsluitdijk to take care of the artillery.

By telephone, the Frisian coast obtained data about the coordinates of the German gun positions transmitted to Den Helder and from there by radio to the ± 15 km from the Frisian coast in the Dove Balg gunboat HM Johan Maurits van Nassau which successfully attacks the German positions. After more than 100 shots the ship disappears again, because the threat of German aircraft is considered great. The German artillery of the Frisian coast is silent. There is also no new (reconnaissance) attack on the Afsluitdijk.

It would appear that an attack ordered by the 14th of May on the dike was canceled after the maritime action against the artillery positions succeeded. However, the position was still bombarded by dive bombers (Stukas) but their bombs only damaged the exterior of a few casemates while the combat power of the whole could not be affected. Kornwerderzand had proved to be an effective latch that could not simply be pushed aside to enable General Feldt's cavalry division to make a "military walk" to the Vesting Holland over a ledge, hence that has since been called by the attackers "der verdammte Damm" (doom dam) and "der Totendeich" (death-dike).

Leo Leixner: In cooperation with units of the navy our Cavalry has the east coast of the Zuidersee of Makkum-Hindeloopen-Stavoren-Lemmer set up for defense. The enemy tried to destroy the defenses from the sea. Immediately after our artillery had gone in firing position, surprisingly appeared in front of the port Stavoren an enemy torpedo boat and fired from three pipes at a long range. Only one of our guns has been destroyed. Three gunmen found the soldier's death here. We put them in the dam embankment, close to the guns, whose tubes stick out into the Zuiderzee. On their graves we planted the flower of the land: the tulip.


We buried our fallen in the dam embankment........................................ .....

Sources: Die Aufklärer der 1. Kavallerie Division/24. Pz Division.
Von Lemberg bis Bordeaux. Leo Leixner.
Nach Holland. De Meidagenvan 1940 dor Duitse ogen.
https://pingjumgeschiedenis.wordpress.com/1900-1940/
https://pingjumgeschiedenis.wordpress.com/b-1940-1945/
https://www.militairespectator.nl/si...11-01-0055.PDF

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Old 03-12-2019, 04:52 PM   #21
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The Radfahr-Abteilung 1 in the North of Netherland 1940.

Kornwerderzand - May 14, 1940.

Capitulation.

The intention of the 1. Kavallerie Division was to have a large part of the available combat power across the narrowest part of the IJsselmeer, between Stavoren and Enkhuizen, and then to establish a large bridgehead in West Friesland until the Medemblik-Hoorn line was no longer implemented. That alternative, would certainly have had little chance of success, certainly under combat conditions. Now the Dutch capitulation saved the Germans from a perilous adventure.

The message that the commander-in-chief was forced to lay down the arms, came as a thunderbolt in the clear sky before the occupation of Kornwerderzand and the works behind it by Den Oever and Den Helder. That the successful action in this sector was rendered meaningless in the collapse of the whole could only be accepted with great difficulty by the commander and the detachment. It was particularly sad that it was Captain Boers who had to go to the German lines on the Frisian coast with a white flag to make it known that the Dutch armed forces would respect the agreed ceasefire on the spot.

At 20:15 hours, nevertheless in Den Helder the East battery and its surroundings were bombed by thirty German planes, which apparently had targeted the command post of astellung Den Helder. The bombing, which lasted almost five minutes, cost four more soldiers and several civilians and unfortunately could not be punished by the anti-aircraft defenses because
to the ceasefire, to the happiness of the Luftwaffe who, thanks to the anti-aircraft batteries and guns of the Defense Line - called "der Luftbesen" (the airbrush) by the Germans - had lost no less than thirty aircraft.

At General Feldt's request, Admiral Jolles, accompanied by his Chief of Army, had to go to the German command post at the Hotel De Wijnberg in the night of 14 to 15 May in Sneek. After arriving there, at 03:00 hours, negotiations were conducted on how the surrender would be arranged. The negotiations went without much trouble. AdmiralJolles, already annoyed by the recent bombing of which his opponent seemed otherwise unaware, showed himself hurt on the German demand that hostages should ensure compliance with the agreement: he felt it embarrassing not to be trusted on his word. At 6:15 hours both commanders signed the written agreement, which was a sort of partial capitulation agreement, while the entire armed forces had already laid down their weapons.


German parliamentarians, followed by a Dutch pioneer officer, crossed the tank barrier.........................

Sources: Die Aufklärer der 1. Kavallerie Division/24. Pz Division.
Von Lemberg bis Bordeaux. Leo Leixner.
Nach Holland. De Meidagenvan 1940 dor Duitse ogen.
https://pingjumgeschiedenis.wordpress.com/1900-1940/
https://pingjumgeschiedenis.wordpress.com/b-1940-1945/
https://www.militairespectator.nl/si...11-01-0055.PDF

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The Radfahr-Abteilung 1 in the North of Netherland 1940.

Immediately after the completion of the temporary bridge over the lock of the Kornwerderzand fortress: the bridge was built by the sappers with the name of "Generalmajor Feldt" - on the afternoon of May 15, a cyclist unit marched over the dam to the other shore, especially to occupy the bridgehead in Den Oever. On the 16th in the morning, the other units of the division followed. The road to the "Fortress Holland" is now open for us ...

Den Oever - a wonderful iron and concrete fortress, composed of 13 modern facilities. Our cyclists have already settled here and some are very busy relieving the Dutch troops in the custody of the captured ammunition. There, on the "antitank obstacle", where the white flag now flies, ammunition is piled up for coastal artillery.

Den Helder, the naval port at the northern tip of the province Holland, is also already occupied by a command of the cavalry. Before going into the city, we look around the military airfield. Here the Geschwader Schumacher has done a thorough job of clearing up the military aircrafts, which have been largely destroyed by incendiary bombs.

In the port of Den Helder is just one unit of naval Coastal police arrived, which immediately took over the war harbor, fortress and ships. On the highest crane wave white flag.


Den Oever............................................. .........................

Sources: Die Aufklärer der 1. Kavallerie Division/24. Pz Division.
Von Lemberg bis Bordeaux. Leo Leixner.
Nach Holland. De Meidagenvan 1940 dor Duitse ogen.
https://pingjumgeschiedenis.wordpress.com/1900-1940/
https://pingjumgeschiedenis.wordpress.com/b-1940-1945/
https://www.militairespectator.nl/si...11-01-0055.PDF

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