"Fight to the end": the FRG media told about the victory of the Polish armored division over the SS troops


During the Second World War, the Poles did not glorify themselves with great successes in tank battles. The most famous is the myth of the Polish cavalry, who attacked German tanks with pikes and sabers in 1939. But there was one battle in 1944 on the Western Front, in which the 1st Polish Panzer Division defeated the SS forces of the Third Reich, writes the German newspaper Die Welt.


A fierce battle unfolded for Hill 262 at the ridge (chain of hills) Mont Ormel, near the city of Falaise in northern France. The Poles took on a powerful blow from two German panzer divisions. During the battle, real tank duels, bayonet and hand-to-hand combat took place.

This episode became a key one during the Normandy Allied operation, when the 7th German army tried not to get encircled under the pressure of the advancing British, Canadian and American units. The Germans made a breakthrough, but the Poles, deprived of contact with the allies, held the height for several days (August 19-21), making a significant contribution to the overall success of the operation. The Poles were commanded by Major General Stanislav Maczek.

The Germans were desperately trying to get out of the "boiler". The 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen struck at the Allies, cutting off the Poles. She managed to make several corridors in the positions of the allies, but the Poles tried to prevent the Germans. After that, the Germans turned their attention to them.

On August 19, the first to attack the hill was the Führer regiment of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Reich. But the Poles managed to repel the attack of the Germans, although one Panther tank knocked out a whole company of American-made Sherman tanks in a matter of minutes.

After that, the entire power of two SS Panzer divisions, which approached the 353rd Infantry Division and several other Wehrmacht divisions, fell upon the Poles. The Poles held out. Moreover, they forced the Germans to leave part of the captured positions. The Poles had many wounded, they practically ran out of ammunition and only five tanks remained.

My gentlemen, all is lost. I don't think Canadians can save us

- said the commander of the 1st tank regiment Alexander Stefanovich to his subordinates.

It makes no sense to surrender to the SS. Fight to the end! Tonight we will die for Poland and civilization

- he added.

By the morning of August 21, the position of the Poles had improved. The Americans dropped some ammunition from the planes, and Canadian artillery started working from a nearby hill, Hill 240.

During the battle, 10 thousand German soldiers managed to get out of the encirclement through the gaps in the positions of the allies. The Germans lost 14 Panther tanks, 54 armored personnel carriers, 46 guns, 207 trucks and cars.

325 Polish tank crews were killed, 114 were missing, and 1002 were injured, but the height was held, according to media from the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • Used photographs: Donald I. Grant / Canada. Dept. of National Defense
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  1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
    Just a cat (Bayun) 7 March 2021 12: 23
    +4
    Those. did the Germans eliminate the threat from the Poles, smashing them dry and just left? Where is the victory?
  2. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 7 March 2021 13: 01
    +2
    All clear. Hitler was defeated by the Poles and some Canadians.
    1. Bakht Online Bakht
      Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 7 March 2021 13: 42
      +5
      Hitler was defeated by three Polish tankmen, one Georgian and a dog. Moreover, it is not a fact that without a dog something would have happened.
      1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
        Just a cat (Bayun) 7 March 2021 14: 34
        0
        Thinking of a translation error? Was it really "psia krew"?
        1. Bakht Online Bakht
          Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 7 March 2021 15: 32
          +2
          In fact, the Poles know how to fight. They held the neck for two days, but could not hold it. 10 Germans emerged from the encirclement. With technology, it seems. Also, the Poles kept Monte Cassino well in Italy. The 000st Parachute Brigade also fought well in Arnhem.
          So they know how to fight. But to fight - no.
  3. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
    Ulysses (Alexey) 7 March 2021 13: 30
    +6
    But there was one battle in 1944 on the Western Front, in which the 1st Polish Panzer Division defeated the SS troops of the Third Reich, writes German newspaper Die Welt.

    The Germans were desperately trying to get out of the "cauldron". The 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen struck at the Allies, cutting off the Poles.

    And this "material" exactly the Germans wrote ??

    By August 1944, the situation was somewhat different, judging by some materials:
    There was no "division" there, there was a battle group drawn from the remnants of the 9th SS Panzer Division "Hohenstaufen".
    And she acted in rearguard. winked

    In June 1944, she was transferred to the Western Front in France to repel the landing of allied forces in Normandy. At the end of June, the division arrived at the front section between the cities of Vir and Caen. The next day, June 26, the Allies launched the Cannes offensive. The SS divisions managed to keep Kahn and even launched a counteroffensive. In the Cannes sector of the front, the division operated until July 10, 1944. During the fighting, the division suffered heavy losses and was reduced to battle group "Hohenstaufen".

    In early August, the group was transferred to the 2nd SS Panzer Corps and sent to the Beni - Bocage area. After that, the group took part in the battles on the northern side of the Falaise cauldron. At the end of August, the Germans began to retreat. The battle group was in the rearguard and participated in the battles of Orbek, Laon and Cambrai. After passing through Belgium, the group entered the Netherlands, and on 9 September entered Arnhem.

    https://www.wikiwand.com

    PS It is not a fact that the Germans of the 1944 model even noticed how the Poles "defeated" them. repeat
  4. amateur Offline amateur
    amateur (Victor) 7 March 2021 14: 57
    +3
    I recently read an interview with an "expert" in InoPress. So he argued that if the allies had not begun the landing on about. Sicily 09.07.1943-17.08.1943, which "diverted significant forces of the Wehrmacht and thus ensured the defeat of the Germans in the Battle of Kursk" (05.07-23.08.1943). That's it - no more and no less.
  5. Xuli (o) Tebenado 8 March 2021 20: 03
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    The Germans lost 14 Panther tanks, 54 armored personnel carriers, 46 guns, 207 trucks and cars.
    325 Polish tank crews were killed, 114 were missing, and 1002 were injured, but the height was held, according to media from the Federal Republic of Germany.

    One car was big and the other was red.
    The air temperature in Moscow is -8 degrees Celsius, and in St. Petersburg - 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
    I strongly doubt that the "media from Germany" told us about the battle of the war.
    1. Xuli (o) Tebenado 8 March 2021 21: 03
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      The most famous was the myth of the Polish cavalry, who attacked German tanks with pikes and sabers in 1939.

      The same G. Guderian in his "Memoirs" writes:

      the commander of the 2nd motorized division reported after midnight that he was forced to retreat under the onslaught of the Polish cavalry. Hearing this, at first I was speechless, then, pulling myself together, asked the division commander if he had ever heard of the Pomeranian infantry running from the enemy cavalry. He replied in the negative and reassured me. that will hold its position. The next morning I decided to go to this division. Arriving there at 5 o'clock, I saw that the division headquarters still felt somewhat helpless.