BRANDENBURGER: Amphibische Landung bei ACROMA

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BRANDENBURGER: Amphibische Landung bei ACROMA

Beitragvon DAKKER » 2/11/2004, 07:57

Aus Waldemar Trojca, "Küstenjägerabteilung Brandenburg"

Bei Acroma, westlich von Tobruk soll die 1.Tropen-Kompanie Brandenburg unter Oberst Hecker am 29. oder 30. Mai 1942 eine amphibische Landung durchgeführt haben. Beteiligt waren auch die 1.Bt.Rgt. "SAN MARCO" sowie die Pionier Landungs Kompanie 778 (welche die Boote stellte).

Sehr interessant dürfte auch sein, dass hier mindestens ein LWS (Land Wasser Schlepper) zum Einsatz kam. Das Fahrzeug war doch eh schon sehr selten - und dann noch in Afrika!

Wer weiss mehr über diese Operation?
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Beitragvon DAKKER » 2/11/2004, 08:07

Dachte, dass dieses Thema einen eigenen Thread wert wäre und zitiere hier deshalb schamlos bei Kuno:

Hier noch ein Ausschnitt, der den Versuch dieses Landungsunternehmens bestaetigt:

"...Air reconnaissance had clearly indicated enemy preparations for attack, and in consequence our Air Forces opened a counteroffensive on the 21st with heavy attacks against enemy forward aerodromes. These attacks were continued each night and supplemented by low flying dawn and dusk attacks by light bombers and fighters. The enemy paid us the compliment of trying to emulate our example on the three nights prior to his final advance on the 27th. He failed to achieve any success and lost a number of aircraft to our fighters and anti-aircraft artillery. On the night of 26th-27th May the German Afrika Korps carried out its part of the plan and passed to the south of Bir Hacheim, moving north with great rapidity towards Acroma, and also towards the old battlefields of El Duda and Sidi Rezegh, which were actually reached by some of its most forward troops. These were soon driven off by our armoured forces. Some Axis tanks actually reached the escarpment or cliff overlooking the coast road north of Acroma, but failed to interrupt communication between Tobruk and the South African troops holding our forward positions.

It is now known that on the same night the enemy attempted a landing from the sea at this spot, presumably with the object of joining up with these tanks, but the hostile craft were driven off by our naval forces, acting in close co-operation with the Army.

Long before they approached El Adem or Acroma the Axis armoured and motorized troops were brought to action by 1st and 7th British Armoured Divisions, ably seconded by the British Heavy Tank Brigades which were in the area. "

Quelle: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jso ... 60242.html

....wird langsam interressant!
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Beitragvon DAKKER » 2/11/2004, 08:22

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Beitragvon Kuno » 3/11/2004, 16:38

Wenn ich mir die Bilder anschaue, dann kommen mir doch ernsthafte Zweifel, dass sie während dieses Landungsunternehmens geschossen wurden!

> Alle Bilder wurden bei Tageslicht aufgenommen.
> Die Soldaten sehen eher aus, als wären sie irgendwo auf einem Ausflug als bei einem Unternehmen gegen den Feind. Alles wirkt so entspannt & gemütlich.

>>> Ich denke viel eher, dass die Bilder von einer ÜBUNG stammen!!!

>>> Bemerkenswert ist allerdings, dass auch italienische Soldaten auf den Fotos sind.
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Beitragvon DAKKER » 14/11/2004, 12:05

Hier mal die Fotos, die angeblich bei dem Landungsversuch gemacht wurden:
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Beitragvon DAKKER » 14/11/2004, 12:21

Und es gibt noch 2 Seiten:
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Beitragvon Kuno » 10/11/2005, 07:48

....einer muss doch etwas darüber wissen?
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Beitragvon Kuno » 3/1/2006, 12:19

Es hat lange gedauert:

13th Company, 800th "Brandenburger"s Regiment
The Brandenburger units were special German commando forces fluent in Arabic and English, who were used in long range reconnaissance missions and raids behind British lines. Rommel frowned on this type of warfare until the British made an attempt on his lide and headquarters with similar tactics, and from that point on he was more than happy to employ these units for special missions. They usually used captured British vehicles to penetrate the lines, which at times were in total chaos, and some of these raiders almost reached Cairo.
One of the most daring plans was to be carried out by Kampfgruppe Hecker, made up of the 13th Brandenburger Company, elements of 33rd and 39th Panzerjager Battalion, 778th Pioneer Landing Company, and accompanied by the Italian 3rd San Marco Marine Battalion, a total of over 700 men. This was an aborted raid to try and cut the Via Balbia supply route by making an amphibious landing 30km east of Tobruk during the attack on the Gazala Line in May 1942. The attacking force would be transported from Bomba to their objective by four self-propelled landing barges and two landing boats. These were to be preceded by four boats from 6th Minesweeper Florilla based at Derna.
To cover this landing force, five boats of the 3rd Torpedo Boat Flotilla from Ras el Hilal were to patrol ahead and attack any enemy ships they encountered. Five German submarines were also on call to support the operation, and the Luftwaffe would supply the crucial air cover. The tyep of captured British tanks to be used on this mission is far from clear, but the most logical choice appears to be Crusaders, since these would attract the least attention in this time frame. There were also two German S/P guns assigned to this operation and it had been suggested that they might have been the two StuG. IIIs that arrived in Africa with Sinderverband 288, since they reportedly mounted 75mm guns.
One tank was placed on each of three barges, with the Land-Wasser-Schlepper (LWS) on a landing boat. The other equipment was spread among the various crafts and consisted of three 50mm and six 37mm A/T guns; four 2-pdr British A/T guns; ten British trucks; four British armored cars; four motorcycles; three 45mm mortars; over 5000 sandbags; 300 mines; 50 anti-tank charges; plus adequate light and heavy MGs and 10 anti-tank rifles. They were also issued 250 shovels and 250 pickaxes, so they certainly had intentions of filling those sandbags and setting up a determined blocking force. The landing force carried enough ammunition and food for 3 days, and supply by night from the sea would bring additional supplies if they had to hold out longer.
Rommel's orders for the May 26 assault on the Gazala Line close with these lines: "On X+1 Kampfgruppe Hecker will land at Gabr Si. Hameida to block the Via Balbia in the area of Kilometer 136." However, this amphibious operation was never launched, and the reason why seems to have been lost in the annals of time. It is suggested that the required air support was not forthcoming, and that one of the barges had sustained damage. It is acknowledged that the vehicles had been loaded and the force was ready to go, but no orders to proceed were given. Seemingly they disembarked, only to be instructed to proceed with the mission again on May 28th. Then within 20 minutes another order arrives cancelling the operation again. Possibly Rommel felt that the British opposition to the DAK sweep was far more intense than anticipated, and that Hecker's group would be left stranded. Another suggestion is that the British were warned of the proposed landing, either through air reconnaissance or radio intercept, and Hecker was running into a trap. For now we can only speculate and possibly the whole story will eventually surface.

My sincere thanks to Richard Garczynski for his input into this account of a little known operation.


Source: http://www.geocities.com/firefly1002000/hecker.html
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Beitragvon Kuno » 5/1/2006, 21:24

...und nochmal der LWS - der sorgte wohl für mehr Erstaunen als dass er gute Verwendung brachte...
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Beitragvon Deichgraf » 9/1/2006, 14:29

Soweit ich weiß gab es nur so rund 12 oder 17 Stück von dem LWS und Amphibienfahrzeuge gab es zu der Zeit noch nicht viele. Kein Wunder wenn alle staunen.
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Beitragvon Kuno » 9/1/2006, 14:38

...was für eine Ladekapazität hatte das Ding denn eigentlich bzw. was sollte der LWS denn überhaupt schleppen?
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Beitragvon Kuestenjaeger » 18/3/2006, 12:09

Da es anscheinend keinen Tauchpanzer/LWS Thread mehr gibt (wurde der auch gelöscht?), setze ich dieses interessante und seltene Bild von 2!!! Landwasserschleppern mal hier in diesen rein,da es ja auch um den LWS geht und es nur wenig Fotos davon gibt.
Es ist natürlich nicht aus Afrika,vermutlich Deutschland.

Weiss jemand,was das grosse K am Bug bedeutet?
Ist das vielleicht nur der laufende Buchstabe der Baureihe?
Oder irgendeiner Einheit?
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Beitragvon Kuestenjaeger » 10/6/2006, 20:53

Ein LWS,leider aber kaum erkennbar,wo der wirklich Einsatzort war.
Könnte im Mittelmeeraum sein oder auch nicht.
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Beitragvon Kuestenjaeger » 12/7/2006, 15:38

Noch zwei Fotos,könnte einer der obigen LWS sein,zugehörend zur selben Truppe,vermutlich in Russland (siehe auch das grosse K am Bug).
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Beitragvon Kuestenjaeger » 25/8/2006, 14:48

Es geht immer weiter mit den LWS..............................!
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