By Edgar Feuchtinger
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The Replacement Training Battalion of the division, which vras in Kaiser si autern at the time, had been brought up to a strength of 600 men by means of replacements. During the following days battles around individual pillboxes and at MS # A-8V1 -61- Nieder Schlettenbach took place. Tne city VIES not occupied by the combat group of the 245th Division "but "by American troot>s. As, additionnally, three pillboxes along the rosd Hieder Schlettenbach Bobentp-1 vere occupied "by the enen^, these had to "be taken, too, as they controlled Kieder Schlettenbsch and the valley leading to iSrlenbach.
An attack on the valley with the weak group meant certain death to the detachment and the impossibility of reaching the goal set. As all reconnaissance results were missing more exact reconnaissance had to be carried out. The preliminary condition for an attack was the possession of the wood of Waldgassen and the possibility of neutralizing the enemy on the adjacent plateau, and these task had first of all to be accomplished. In attacks parts of the wood were cleared, but it was MS # A-871 -52- not possible also to take the northwestern edge as the tanks type "IVn could not make their way through the deep soil of the wood but had to be towed out with great effort.
The movement of the rear guards were not carried out until the 18 November, the change of position of the artillery to the area east MS # A-871 -40- of the German Hied was carried out during the night of the 17 - 18 Novem ber. On the 18 November the command post of the division was moved to the former command post of the corps in the vicinity of the Falkenberg mine. The instruction of the corps were to the effect that we had to withdraw slowly to the Maginot line using delaying tacties. however, to be carried out by the division.
21st Panzer Division in combat against American troops in France and Germany by Edgar Feuchtinger