Landedbau Pioniere Bataillon 17 at Normandy 1944

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Landedbau Pioniere Bataillon 17 at Normandy 1944

Post by Linkagain » 07 Oct 2021 14:28

Saw this link of Interest regardin g this unit on Omaha Beach
https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums ... enirs-etc/

In message #3 is that a picture of a World War I Spandau Machine Gun?

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Re: Landedbau Pioniere Bataillon 17 at Normandy 1944

Post by AETIUS 1980 » 07 Oct 2021 15:31

Good afternoon,
_ Festung.Pionier.Battalion.17. Created on 01/07/1942 as Festungs.Bau.Battalion.17 in France (?), thanks to elements from the Festungs.Pionier.Kommandeur.XIX and Festungs.Bau.Btl.220. Shortly thereafter, it was expanded to four companies. On August 19, 1943, its name evolved in Festungs.Pio.Btl.17, but remains specialized in the shell work on concrete works. Initially located in Bayeux, it was transferred in mid-March 1944 to the future sector of Omaha Beach, under the orders of Major RIEDEL.
_ Stab: St Laurent-sur-Mer, then Blay (west of Bayeux).
_ 1 Kp: Colleville-sur-Mer _ 2 Kp: St Laurent-sur-Mer. _ 3 /4 Kp: Ver-sur-Mer _ Kolonne: St Laurent-sur-Mer. (I am therefore pleasantly surprised to see the 3.Kp on Vierville, a discovery !!).
Each of the companies has approximately 110 employees, for a total of nearly 500 individuals. Due to directives issued by the Fest.Pi.Abschnitt.Gr.II./11, the staff of the battalion will be dissolved on 1 June 1944, its entities being attached to the Fest.Pi.Stab.17. Nevertheless, on the eve of landing, the framework body is still present west of Bayeux. Grouped for the occasion, we will find him assigned as Landes.Bau.Battalion to the Pi.Btl . 352 (Blagny/Castillon) on June 6, serving as an infantry unit on Omaha Beach. This latter aspect implies that the men in the battalion had to have, at a minimum, an allocation of rifles and handguns. The heavy machine gun seen in the photo comes from the sector equipment (Bodenstandingen Waffen) and equipped the local Widerstandsnester.

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Re: Landedbau Pioniere Bataillon 17 at Normandy 1944

Post by jpz4 » 07 Oct 2021 15:42

AETIUS, Festungs-Pi.Btl.17 and Landes-Bau-Pi.Btl.17 are two different battalions

FWIW, I've been preparing an article about the latter battalion. Maybe it's time to finish it :roll:
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Re: Landedbau Pioniere Bataillon 17 at Normandy 1944

Post by AETIUS 1980 » 07 Oct 2021 15:43

My mystake !! I apologize

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