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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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May 12, 1940 – Eagerly awaiting to move

The next day, May 12, 1940, my grandfather and the other men of his unit are still in their original location, holding their firing positions at Laurensberg. It looks like an anticipated move made them take down their guns – … Continue reading

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May 11, 1940 – 24 Hours into the Battle

The entry for May 11 clearly shows that my grandfather and his men were very well aware of the situation – they knew it was unlikely their support was needed (from their current positions, they maximum range was around the … Continue reading

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