Flak-Brigade Veith - Flak-Brigade Veith

The Flak Brigade Veith was a combat unit in brigade strength of the Luftwaffe in World War II . The establishment of the brigade staff took place on June 9, 1940 by converting the regimental staff of the Flak Regiment 20. The sole commander was Colonel Karl Veith , after the brigade was named.

Mission history

After the establishment of the brigade staff, it took over the operational management of the entire flak forces of Luftgau VII and was supposed to cross the Rhine in the Rheinau - Breisach area in the course of the western campaign as part of the 7th Army , in order to then attack the fortifications of the Maginot Line in this section proceed in ground combat. The command post was in Schlettstadt . The use of the Flak Brigade Veithwas scheduled for June 15, 1940. For this purpose, the brigade staff on the right wing was under Flak Regiment 25 and on the left wing, Flak Regiment 19. Security in the rear area was taken over by Flak Regiment 18 and Flak Group Krebs.

At 10 a.m. on June 15, 1940, the flak batteries opened fire on the French fortifications on the banks of the Rhine. The flak forces stationed in the rear area intervened in the action by indirect fire. The operational plan provided for the main part of the bunker systems to be destroyed in ten-minute sustained fire in order to pave the way for the advancing army units who crossed the Rhine with the help of assault boats. On June 16, the main battle line on the Rhine and the Rhone was penetrated. The following army units reached the eastern exits of the Vosges by June 17th. When the collapse of the French front became apparent, it was decided on the night of June 19 to 20 to separate the brigade from further fighting. However, since a large part of the flak forces fought in the German attack peaks, this order reached them late on June 20. In total, the flak batteries destroyed 83 bunkers , 153 fortified field positions and 2 French flak batteries in these weeks . At the end of June the briagde staff was relocated without subordinate units and in August 1940 it was merged with the brigade staff of the 5th Flak Brigade . [1]

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Karl-Heinz Hummel: The German flak cartillery 1935-1945. Your major formations and regiments . VDM, Zweibrücken 2010, ISBN 978-3-86619-048-1 , p. 165–166.