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According to the Soldbuch, Kaspers belonged to the 5./FJR 6. Hauptmann Herrmann commanded the company, located at Lessay by the date of the invasion. The 5. Kompanie belonged to the II./FJR 6, under the command of Major Rolf Mager, which took up positions around Ste-MŤre-…glise on D-Day. The II./ received the order of moving forward along the road to Cherbourg in order to check if St-MŤre-…glise was already occupied. The battalion had to make always contact with the I./, on the right flank. Von der Heydte himself remembered that the II Battalion was under heavy fire at a crossroad 2 Kms. to the south of Ste-MŤre-…glise.Then, they had to go through Turqueville against "Utah" beach. The couldnīt advance as planned, being engaged in a bitter fighting around this area.
He also took part in the defence of Carentan until the remants of the regiment withdrew to the St Georges du Behon-Saintenny-La Moisentrie-Blehou line, to the south-west of Carentan, some days after being engaged in the fighting agains the American forces. Von der Heydte had ordered his men to withdraw to the new defensive line from Carentan at around hrs on June 11th to avoid the regiment's capture by US forces moving rapidly to encircle the town. By June 11th, FJR6 was down to around a third of its effective strength. Members of the Stab./FJR6, II./FJR6 and III./FJR6 held the line. On June 12th, FJR6 counterattacked with the 17th SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "GŲtz von Berlichingen". Only II./FJR6 succeeded in entering the town, holding a position near the railway station for a few hours until evicted by American artillery and tanks. That night, FJR6 retreated further south to a new front line.
It also seems that Kaspers could survive the war.
You have a good source in Volker Griesserīs "Les lions du Carentan".
Hope it helps.
Here a nice shot from von der Heydte. This unit fought in my town as well in september 1944. Has your soldbuch Holland entries around this time?
The shot shows Von der Heydte after the last -disastrous- Fallschirmjšger jump of the war in the Ardennes. It was probably taken on 17 December 1944, around the Mount Rigi-Baraque Michel-Belle Croix area, while trying to gather as many paratroopers as possible.
As an aside, it must be commented that itīs been a widespread (in several webpages dealing with the Fallschirmtruppe, Wikipedia, etc.) belief (myth) to affirm that the man of the photo with Von der Heydte is the Kriegsberichter Oberleutnant von Kayser... But heīs not von Kayser. And this is not just my theory, but something confirmed by the relatives of v. Kayser.