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Autor Thema: "Linse" explosive crafts against Soviets in Sharengrad / Danube  (Gelesen 451 mal)

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Offline lupodimare

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Greetings! I am interesteed in discovering combat actions on the eastern front and recently i read some texts about the poorly-desribed operations in Danube.  One interesting episode come to my eye.

On 25 and 26 March 1945, in Sharengrad operations (Yugoslavia)
First (late evening 25 March) there was a clash between Soviet gunboat BK-214 chasing unidentified enemy boat.
Later (some hours later, already 26 March) a larger group composed by BK-4, BK-231, BK-241 and BK-313 engaged other two unidentified enemy boats claiming 1 sunk and 1 chased away.
Source: https://www.litmir.me/br/?b=235386&p=41

Translating a bit of this interesting text: https://historisches-marinearchiv.de/ablage/dateien/Kleinkampfmittel_Donau-Drau.pdf
It appears it was a night operation of "Linse" explosive crafts, and it say (if i understood correctly) that 1 craft suffered damages with 3 WIA.

Someone has other informations? a possible list or other known more detailed reports of "Linse" lost or casualties?

I can say that in the above-mentioned russian book there is no trace of the losses claimed by the Germans as inflicted on that nigt. However the "Linse" were close to strike quite important target because Soviet just dispatched to the area of operation riverine monitors "Azov" and "Kerch" (ex-Romanian).

Every scrap of information or suggestion is welcome!

 

Offline bettika61

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Re: "Linse" explosive crafts against Soviets in Sharengrad / Danube
« Antwort #1 am: 31 März 2019, 12:33:43 »
Zitat
Translating a bit of this interesting text: https://historisches-marinearchiv.de/ablage/dateien/Kleinkampfmittel_Donau-Drau.pdf
It appears it was a night operation of "Linse" explosive crafts, and it say (if i understood correctly) that 1 craft suffered damages with 3 WIA.
Hello lupodimare,
based on the used source TNA DEFE 3/684
the Operation against Sarengard 26/27.3.1945 was not successful.
Grüße
Beate

„Wer sich nicht an die Vergangenheit erinnern kann, ist dazu verdammt, sie zu wiederholen.“ George Santayana

Offline lupodimare

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Re: "Linse" explosive crafts against Soviets in Sharengrad / Danube
« Antwort #2 am: 31 März 2019, 16:58:26 »
Thank you! I have the DEFE myself, but it's a huge work to sort page by page ( i started doing it backward from April/May 1945)

I tried to rewrite here everything, because now it's a bit more clear the different locations of attacks.


1) Neuwsatz/Novisad:  2 boats
Outcome reported: 4 ships (plus one probable), one ferry, one crane blowed up
No casualties/own damage, strong enemy defense
Zitat
25 марта в 19 ч. 00 мин. мониторы «Азов» и «Керчь» прибыли из Белграда в Новисад в сопровождении речных катеров-тральщиков № 214 и 931, тральщиков № 657 и 659 и двух буксиров с магнитными баржами.
Soviet presence at Novisad: "Kerch" and "Azov",
minesweeping boats: n°214, 931, 657, 659.
Two tugboats with barges.

Possibly this is their activity as reported by Soviets. 2 enemy boats spotted, attacked but not chased.
No report of damages or losses.
Zitat
26 марта в 3 ч. 20 мин. два катера противника пытались прорваться через линию фронта вниз по Дунаю, но были отбиты огнем бронекатеров и артиллерии наших частей, занимавших оборону на правом берегу реки в районе Илок — Шаренград. Наши бронекатера не преследовали противника из-за опасения попасть под огонь своих частей.


2) Ilok: 2 boats
Outcome reported:  2 "Monitors" spotted, strong defense.
One panzerfaust fired.
One "Linse" hit, 3 WIA.

Quite clearly, this group suffered the worst Soviet reaction:
No own Soviet damage reported. Clearly the "Linse" hit was claimed as sunk.
Zitat
В 6 ч. 10 мин. два катера противника начали прорыв из района Илок. Наши бронекатера №№ 4, 231, 241 и 313 с огневых позиций, а также части армии с берега открыли по ним огонь. В результате артиллерийского обстрела один катер противника был потоплен. Бронекатера № 231 и № 241 вышли преследовать противника, но из-за минометной стрельбы с берега возвратились.



3) Sarengrad: 3 boats
Outcome: boats turned back without accomplish operation due alerted enemy and strong defense.
Probably BK - 241 engaged/attempted chase this group of "Linse" crafts.
Zitat
В 23 ч. 00 мин. два катера противника в районе Шаренград прорвались через линию фронта, но были замечены и обстреляны нашими бронекатерами. В 23 ч. 20 мин. бронекатер № 241 начал преследовать катера противника, но они, имея преимущество в ходе, ушли вниз по течению Дуная. Бронекатер, потеряв их из виду, стал в районе Илок.