German Schedule

German Schedule of all events during the Hammelburg Raid. The time data are based on actual details or on location-time estimation.

Date: Day:

Time:

Unit/Outfit:

Location:

26 Mar 1945 Monday

14:30 hrs

PiBtl 46

Gemünden

The 1. Kompanie Pionierausbildungs- und Ersatzbataillon 46 arrives from Regensburg at Gemünden. Both platoons of the company prepare the road- and railroad bridge for demolition. Company headquarters is set up in the Huttenschloß.

26 Mar 1945 Monday

16:00 hrs

PzJgKp "Donau I"

Gemünden

The railroad transport of Panzerjägerkompanie "Donau I" from Linz/Austria, which is planned to reinforce Aschaffenurg, is stopped at Gemünden Railroad Station. When air raid alert is given, the soldiers seeking cover in the nearby town.

26 Mar 1945 Monday

17:30 hrs

PzJgKp "Donau I"

Gemünden

After the railroad transport of Panzerjägerkompanie "Donau I" was hit by bombs, the company was unloaded and moved to the Zollberg to spend the night there.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

04:00 hrs

CP 7. Armee

Heigenbrücken

After the hasty retreat from the river Rhine, the Command Post of the 7. Armee was set up at Heigenbrücken. The Commander in Chief General Felber was substituted by General von Obstfelder. The engine noise of the American columns can be heard down to Heigenbrücken. General von Obstfelder alerts Wehrkreis XIII at Nürnberg.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

04:00 hrs

Party Sub-District Command

Town Palace Lohr

In the town palace of Lohr, the NAZI Party Sub-District Leader Eduard Röß and the Combat Commander Oberstleutnant Trenk received a phone call, which informed them about the advancing US-Combat Force.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

04:15 hrs

HQ

Camp Hammelburg

Oberst Richard Hoppe, the Commander of Hammelburg Training Area receives a message about the American column heading to the East. He initiate tank alert.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

05:30 hrs

Party Sub-District Command

Town Palace Lohr

The NSDAP Party Sub-District Command receives incessantly telephone messages, warning for a US armored column heading for Lohr.

27 Mar 1945 Tuesday

07:15 hrs

PzJgKp "Donau I"

Gemünden

The soldiers of Panzerjägerkompanie "Donau I" didn´t hear the approaching Americans, they are awaked by an explosion. The company commander orders to pull back over the Zollberg. 16 soldiers decide to remain there for fighting.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

08:00 hrs

Inf School Döberitz

Camp Grafenwöhr

Due to the military situation, the Infantry School at Döberitz was moved to Grafenwöhr Military Training Area. Hauptmann Franz Gehrig receives orders from Wehrkreiskommando XIII in Nürnberg to encounter the US-column. His force consist of about 100 officer cadets, Most of them were experienced NCOs of medium age, which changed into an officer career. They left Grafenwöhr with 4 buses.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

09:00 hrs

Mayor Clement

Town Hall Hammelburg

Mayor Clement orders the civilians with a loudspeaker system to abandon the town.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

09:00 hrs

PiBtl 46

Gemünden

Oberfeldwebel Eugen Zöller finds a map in a knocked out tank, which has marked the route to Hammelburg. He reports this to his company commander.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

10:00 hrs

KG Demmel

Railroad Station Waigolshausen

The railroad transport of Oberleutnant Demmel stopped at Railroad Station Waigolshausen, due to the lack of a locomotive. The unit consists of 3 companies (about 1,300 soldiers) and was assigned to Grenadier-Regiment 113. Hauptmann Eggemann orders the unload and transport to Hammelburg by truck, to give infantry cover to Panzerjägerabteilung 251.

27 Mar 45

Tuesday

10:30 hrs

PzJgAbt 251

Railroad Station Hammelburg

The Railroad transport of Panzerjägerabteilung 251 arrives at Railroad Station Hammelburg. Hauptmann Heinrich Köhl gets his HETZER unload immediately and moves into an assembly area near the clay pit, north of Hammelburg.

27 Mar 1945 Tuesday

11:00 hrs

PiBtl 46

Gemünden

The Engineers repair the span of the Sinn-Saale-Bridge with wooden planks, the traffic can carry on.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

11:00 hrs

Nachr E u. A Abt 10

Railroad Station Hammelburg

Nachrichten Ersatz- und Ausbildungsabteilung 10 arrives at Railroad Station Hammelburg in a second railroad transport. They receive orders to defend the town together with the local Volkssturm.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

13:00 hrs

Party District Command

Würzburg

Hauptmann Eggemann has a phone call with Hauptmann Köhl at Hammelburg and request the immediate deployment of his tank destroyers. Hauptmann Köhl refuse to obey the orders, because he is directly assigned to the 7. Armee at Heigenbrücken. Hauptmann Eggemann calls Generalmajor von Gersdorff, Chief of Staff 7. Armee at Heigenbrücken. He explains the situation and requests assignment of Kampfgruppe Demmel and Panzerjägerabteilung 251.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

14:00 hrs

KG Gehrig

Galgenberg Barracks Würzburg

At the Post Headquarters, Hauptmann Gehrig is briefed about the situation. The enemy column is regarded to be somewhere near Burgsinn. Hauptmann Gehrig is ordered to march to Burgsinn, via Gemünden and destroy the enemy column.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

14:20 hrs

Observer Post Reussenburg

Ruin Reussenburg

Hauptmann Rose and a squad of soldiers from Eisenbahnpionierschule is employed as Forward Observer on the Ruin Reussenburg. He discovers the column and reports to Oberst Hoppe: "12 enemy tanks at the road from Aschenroth towards Obereschenbach."

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

16:00 hrs

KG Gehrig

Burgsinn

Hauptmann Gehrig arrives at Burgsinn, the civilians tell him, that the Americans went through the town hours ago. He deploys recon to the West, because he believes the column to be the advance party of the main force. He also convinces a German Engineer Officer no to blow the bridge. A dispatch rider arrives with orders to follow the column towards Hammelburg. The recon is canceled, Kampfgruppe Gehrig continues towards Hammelburg.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

16:30 hrs

PzJgAbt 251

Hammelburg

The Americans do not cross the Saale River. They detail two tanks as guard. After the battle, the Panzerjägerabteilung moves to Euerdorf for resupply.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

17:30 hrs

General v. Goeckels Office

Camp Hammelburg

The Commander of the POW camps, Generalmajor Günther von Goeckel, request the Senior Serbian and American Officers for a conference. He explains the situation and wants Colonel Goode to get in contact with the Americans, to surrender the camp.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

17:45 hrs

KG Gehrig

Hainbuche / Reichsstraße 27

Hauptmann Gehrig reach the Hainbuche. When he hears the combat noise, he decides to turn to Höllrich and stay there. From Höllrich he want to get in contact with the Military Training Area to get a picture of the situation.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

18:00 hrs

FLAK Abteilung 482

FLAK Emplacement Ettleben

Leutnant Hans Bartmeier receives order by his Regiment Commander to move his Panzerjagdkommando (about 30 soldiers) by truck to Hammelburg.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

18:00 hrs

CP 7. Armee

Heigenbrücken

General von Obstfelder, wants General Weisenberger, Commander in Chief of Wehrkreis XIII in Nürnberg, to detail a General form his personnel reserve. Generalmajor Helmut Hipp receives orders to drive to Hammelburg and assume command of all German forces there.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

18:00 hrs

KG Gehrig

Höllrich

Kampfgruppe Gehrig reach Höllrich. Guards a deployed, a roadblock at the south end of the village is overtaken. The Command Post is set up in a barn. A dispatcher from Camp Hammelburg bring orders to intercept all way out from the Military Training Area.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

21:00 hrs

PzJgdKdo Bartmeier

Fuchsstadt

Leutnant Bartmeier arrives Fuchsstadt and reports to Panzerjägerabteilung 251.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

22:00 hrs

PzJgdKdo Bartmeier

Fuchsstadt

Leutnant Bartmeier divides his Panzerjagdkommando into 3 squads, for wide recon mission towards the camp.

27 Mar 1945

Tuesday

24:00 hrs

PzJgdKdo Bartmeier

Camp Hammelburg

Leutnant Bartmeier arrives at Camp Hammelburg with his 3 Squads without any incident.

28 Mar 45

Wednesday

00:10 hrs

HQ

Camp Hammelburg

Leutnant Daudelt with the 1. Batterie Offiziernachwuchschule 17 arrives as reinforcement and reoccupy the camp.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

00:45 hrs

HQ

Camp Hammelburg

2. Batterie und Grantwerferkompanie Offiziernachwuchschule 17 arrive as reinforcements.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

01:00 hrs

PzJgdKdo Bartmeier

Military Training Area Hammelburg

Unteroffizier Große-Berkenbusch and his squad, follow 2 Sherman tanks in the Military Training Area. The squad is not able to fire a Panzerfaust upon them.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

02:00 hrs

HQ

Camp Hammelburg

Kampfgruppe Demmel arrives as reinforcement.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

02:00 hrs

KG Gehrig

Höllrich

The guards at the southern edge of the village hear engine noise near Hessdorf and alert the Command Post.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

02:30 hrs

KG Gehrig

Höllrich

Lieutenant Nutto's probe approaches from Hessdorf on the Reichsstraße 27. The first tank is hit and Gering's soldiers drive it in a garden. The second tank is destroyed by a Panzerfaust. The rest of the vehicles attempt to turn around and escape to the South. Two German Officer cadets follow the vehicles with a bicycle and knock out another tank between Höllrich and Hessdorf.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

02:30 hrs

PzJgdKdo Bartmeier

Fuchsstadt

The recon Squads of Leutnant Bartmeier assemble at Fuchsstadt.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

03:00 hrs

Party District Command

Würzburg

The Police station in Hessdorf calls and reports 3 tanks and 20 armored vehicles heading to the North.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

03:30 hrs

HQ

Camp Hammelburg

Oberst Hoppe moves his Headquarters to the South Camp.

28 Mar 1945

Tuesday

04:00 hrs

Observer Post Reussenburg

Ruin Reussenburg

Observer Post Reussenburg reports: "Noise of tanks from the south pass the Reussenberg."

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

05:00 hrs

Party District Command

Würzburg

Hauptmann Eggemann, Stabsarzt Dr. Döller and Leutnant Gruber drive towards Hammelburg for a recon.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

05:30 hrs

Observer Post Reussenburg

Ruin Reussenburg

Observer Post Reussenburg reports: "10 tanks and 20 armored vehicles. Infantry guards the Reussenberg farm. Estimated strength about 120 men."

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

06:30 hrs

PzJgdKdo Bartmeier

Lager Hammelburg

Leutnant Bartmeier reaches the camp by truck and is detailed for guarding.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

07:00 hrs

HQ

Camp Hammelburg

Hauptmann Eggemann, Stabsarzt Dr. Döller and Leutnant Gruber arrive, all quiet at the camp.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

07:00 hrs

CP Oberst Hoppe

South Camp Hammelburg

Company Commander of the Tank destroyer Company of Panzerjägerabteilung 251 reports for receiving orders.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

07:00 hrs

CP Oberst Hoppe

South Camp Hammelburg

Generalmajor Helmut Hipp from Wehrkreis XIII arrives.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

07:00 hrs

CP Oberst Hoppe

South Camp Hammelburg

Hauptmann Eggemann, Stabsarzt Dr. Döller and Leutnant Gruber arrive. Hauptmann Eggemann offers his leadership and assigns the Tank destroyer Company and Kampfgruppe Demmel under his command.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

08:00 hrs

CP Oberst Hoppe

South Camp Hammelburg

Hauptmann Köhl, Commander of Panzerjägerabteilung 251 reports for receiving orders.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

08:00 hrs

CP Maj Eggemann

Bonnland

Hauptmann Eggemann calls Hauptmann Rose at the Observer Post Reussenburg. He reports 6 tanks and 25 armored vehicles at the Reussenberg farm.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

09:15 hrs

Assembly Area

Michelsberg

The German troops finished their attack preparations behind the Michelsberg. The Tank destroyers could move in attack positions without any notice of the enemy. The Reussenberg farm is in a 1,500 meters distance. On a signal the Tank destroyers open up. The American are surprised, there is almost no resistance. Tank destroyers and infantry advance in a combined formation.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

12:00 hrs

CP Oberst Hoppe

South Camp Hammelburg

Hauptmann Eggemann returns from the mission and meets Generalmajor Helmut Hipp of Wehrkreis XIII. He reports the situation.

28 Mar 1945

Wednesday

16:00 hrs

CP 7. Armee

Heigenbrücken

Hauptmann Eggemann meets to Generalmajor von Gersdorff and reports about the divestiture of the enemy column. He also accuses Generalmajor Hipp, Oberst Hoppe and Hauptmann Köhl of being undetermined.

05 Apr 1945

Thursday

02:00 hrs

HQ

Camp Hammelburg

Oberst Hoppe moves his Headquarters to Grafenwöhr.

7 Apr 1945

Saturday

23:00 hrs

HQ

Camp Grafenwöhr

Oberst Richard Hoppe commits suicide.

 

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