Author Archives: Andreas Zapf

May 22, 1940 – Breakthrough over the Scheldt River

The Situation of the Army report for the Wehrmacht on the evening of May 22, 1940, reports severe resistance and fighting on the western banks of the Scheldt river between Tournai and Ghent. Around Ghent, the Belgian Army is defending … Continue reading

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May 21, 1940 – Closing in to the Front

The next day, May 21, 1940, the men of AR 84 are taking a first firing position, as it seems. Unfortunately, I cannot read the place’s name properly and/or I cannot locate a matching location on any of the maps. … Continue reading

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May 20, 1940 – From Chastre to Castle Graty

The front has moved to the west, significantly. The new front line is the Scheldt River, behind which the remains of the Belgian Army, some parts of the French Army in Belgium and the British Expeditionary Force had withdrawn. The … Continue reading

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May 19, 1940 – From Cras-Avernas to Chastre

Wherever my grandfather had been around the previous days, on the morning of May 19, he is on the road again, the men are relocating from Cras-Avernas to Chastre, north-north-west of Gembloux. But they would not leave Cras-Avernas without proper … Continue reading

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May 18, 1940 – Preparations to follow the Front

The supply truck (and supposedly other parts of the unit) managed to catch up with my grandfather’s location by May 18. But the front had “jumped” westward, they would not remain in their current location for much longer, in fact, … Continue reading

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May 17, 1940 – In Cras-Avernas

May 17, 1940, looks like a “quiet day” for those of II./AR 84 which made it to Cras-Avernas. The previously mentioned break-through at Sedan and the fact that fast-moving German units were now racing towards the English Channel without any … Continue reading

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May 16, 1940 – II./AR 84 on the move

As we have seen before – my grandfather and the men in his unit have been eagerly awaiting their orders to break down their guns in Laurensberg and move on into Belgium, following the advancing units of Heeresgruppe B. The … Continue reading

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May 15, 1940 – Leaving Laurensberg

By end of the day, the long awaited orders to leave the positions at Laurensberg have arrived. The II./AR 84 is not moving as a monolithic block, military units rarely do. In this case, my grandfather and his Survey Team … Continue reading

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May 14, 1940 – Getting ready to move

While – as it seems – II./AR 84 is finally getting ready to move out of their positions in Laurensberg, the  general situation of the Westfeldzug had evolved. The Daily Report contains the following information: the city of Antwerp is … Continue reading

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May 13, 1940 – The first Rounds fired in Anger

May 13, 1940, sees the first rounds fired by II./AR 84 – their target: Fort d’Évegnée. At a distance of almost 30 kilometers, the Fort is right about at the maximum firing range for the batteries.

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