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Lee Luke    44

Hi I am looking for what German units fought at  Nancy and Metz, September 15-30 1944.  Especially between Leyr and Fresnes east of the Meurthe river.  The more specific the better.

I am trying to find out who my mother's cousin faced in this area.  

Arthur Kettel,  C company 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division,  KIA on September 29, 1944 buried at Lorraine American Cemetery.

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Kevin H    602

This Lage West situation map for 29th September 1944 shows the units although it doesn't go down to Btl level. Leyr is just to the left of the center of the map.

 

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And this is the situation map for the Allied 12th Army Group showing the same day, with 35 Infantry Division just to the left of center facing 106, 111 & 113 Panzer Brigades

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Kevin H    602

If you haven't already seen it, this is the history of 35th Infantry Division in some detail with the link covering the campaign where your relative was killed. Unfortunately it doesn't go beyond detailing the enemy as 'the Germans'.

Link - 35th Infantry Division

Link (in the journal reports it lists the entries of movements seen from the front line and what German prisoners said (one admits that the 73.Rgt of 19th Division had attacked on the 29/30th Sept which would relate the Gren.Rgt 73 of 19.VGD) - 134th Infantry Regiment

 

This is what it mentions for the 29th September 1944...

The main German attack came at 0530 on 29 September, the enemy moving in from the direction of Fresnesen-Saulnois. Company L of the 137th was in the northeast tip of the Gremecey Forest and was the first to be hit. They determined to hold fast while the other companies strengthened their lines. By 0830 they were completely surrounded. Fighting like tigers, Company L tore through the encirclement of German forces and freed themselves from the trap. Their Commanding Officer, 1st Lieutenant Rex Hooper, Phoenix, Arizona, was wounded, and his Executive Officer, 1st Lieutenant Lawrence Malmed, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was captured. But Lieutenant Malmed, who was no stranger to the ways of the Germans, not only talked his captors into releasing him, but brought twelve of them back to his own lines as prisoners.

The Germans continued their tactics of infiltrating and surrounding troops with coordinated drives from the northeast against the 137th Infantry and the 3rd Battalion of the 134th from the north. L Company, commanded by Captain Greenlei, Hastings, Nebraska, bore the brunt of the attack. It was evident that the enemy must be cleared from the Gremecey Forest before they had an opportunity to regroup for a large scale thrust.

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Kevin H    602

Having just checked the casualty reports for 134th Infantry Regiment, they have Kettel listed as being killed on 30th September. He is listed twice (4th & 5th one on the list)

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Kevin H    602

And this link is for PoW interogation reports for September 1944 - if you scroll down to the relevant dates it provides another link to the reports but also states what units the PoW's came from which might shed light on who were opposite 134th Infantry Regiment. They make for interesting reading...  http://www.coulthart.com/134/ipw-index-44-9.htm

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