26 ID at Voncq - 9 and 10 jun 1940.

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26 ID at Voncq - 9 and 10 jun 1940.

Post by tigre » 13 Jul 2005 03:10

Hi to all, in short:

On 09 jun 1940 at 03:45 hs started the german offensive and two Infantry Divisions jumped off again the front of the 36 french Infantry Division; the I / 57 RI (French), deployed between Semuy and Neuville, was stormed by two German Infantry Regiments, the 39 IR ( towards the bridge over the Aisne, south of Voncq) and the 78 IR (towards south). At 05:30 hs the 1 Co 4 BCC (Armoured Bat) commanded by Cpt Dayras, was alarmed in order to carry out a counter attack towards Voncq together with the french 57 RI (Col Sinais). The French counter attack started at 09:30 hs and at 10:30 hs smashed the I / 78 IR deployed on the left flank covering the attack of the regiment (78 IR) towards south..

Later on the french armoured company reached Voncq where troops of the 57 RI (Cpt Le More) occupied a defensive position.

Likewise the 3rd Co 4 BCC (Lt Drapellier) was alarmed at 07:50 hs being sent to carry out patrols along the axis Quatre-Champs, Vandy, Terron, les Alleux. At 14:00 hs the company together with troops of the 14 RI, stormed Terrón towards Vandy, knocking down the II and III / 78 IR. As result of this engagement the German 26 ID lost 1.100 men, mainly from the 78 IR (500 of them as prisoners) and the before mentioned regiment was relieved by units of the 4 SS Polizei Division.

Source: Les chars francais a Voncq. Les 9 et 10 juni; by A. GOLAZ.

I would like to know the story from the German point of view, could someone help me. Is there any reports about this. Thanks in advance and regards. Tigre.

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Post by David Lehmann » 15 Jul 2005 01:05

Hello,

I cannot add something about the German point of view but I would also advice this book if you manage to find a copy : "La 36e division d'infanterie à l'honneur, 1939-1940" (colonel F. Soulet).

The German offensive is prepared for the 9th June morning on the Aisne River. During the following battle, 5 French infantry divisions and about 160 tanks will have to face 4 Panzerdivisionen (about 1200 tanks) and 14 infantry divisions.
The French 10e DI is attacked by 3 infantry divisions (3.ID, 23.ID and 298.ID). The French 2e DI will have to stop 2 Panzerdivisionen (1.PzD and 2. PzD supported by 29.ID(mot)) and 3 infantry divisions (17.ID, 21.ID and 52.ID). The French 14e DI is attacked by 3 infantry divisions (73.ID, 82.ID and 86.ID). The French 36e DI is opposed to 3 infantry divisions (26.ID, 10.ID and SS-Polizei) whose task is to open the way to the 6.PzD and 8.PzD supported by 20.ID(mot). Each French division has to defend a front of 20 km whereas such a division should normally defend a front of 5-7 km.

On the front of the 36e DI only 2 regiments (18e RI and 57e RI) defended the frontline but defeated at first the 26.ID and 10.ID which were replaced on 10th June by the SS-Polizei and elements of the 6.PzD.
First they stopped all the German assaults in part thanks to their good supporting artillery and took numerous German POWs, then they had to pull back because of the collapse of the 2e DI facing two Panzerdivisionen more west. During the retreat, one 47mm SA37 gun (battery of sous-lieurenant Nayme) destroyed successively 3 moving German tanks at 1500m.

During the 9th and 10th June, several German divisions were roughly handled by the French troops, especially on the Aisne River.
• the French 36e DI captured 714 German POWs
• the 14e DI captured about 800 Germans POWs and many assaults were defeated
• the 2e DI captured about 500 German POWs
• at the same time, the German 36.ID and 299.ID Divisions lost some 2,500 men while fighting the French 6e DI.
• the German 58.ID lost 1,600 men, while attacking the French 1e DIC.
etc.

Text from A. Golaz in French can be found here : http://www.chars-francais.net/archives/ ... /4_bcc.htm

The 4e BCC you mentioned is equiped with FCM36 tanks. Here is its insignia.

Regards,

David
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26 ID at Voncq - 9 and 10 jun 1940.

Post by tigre » 20 Jul 2005 03:42

Hi David, I just returned from a bussines travel and could see the useful info you added. Pity is to hard to get here the book you mentioned. Thank you anyway and regards. Tigre.

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Re: 26 ID at Voncq - 9 and 10 jun 1940.

Post by tigre » 08 Jul 2022 15:37

Hello to all :D; bumping up with a complement...................

Sector of Semuy - Voncq 1940.

Source: http://www.ardennes1940aceuxquiontresis ... ge_id=2383

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: 26 ID at Voncq - 9 and 10 jun 1940.

Post by tigre » 05 Aug 2022 19:31

Hello to all :D; a little more.................

Sector of Semuy - Voncq 1940.

Source: http://www.ardennes1940aceuxquiontresis ... ge_id=2383

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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