The 17. SS “Götz von Berlichingen” (PA) War Journal
again, the call for reinforcements went out to defend the homeland from the
Allied hordes at a distant corner of the West Front. The 17th “GvB” Aufklärungs
Abteilung motored its way to Odessa, NY to fend off the impending attack on
September 9-11, 2005. Members present were:
Untersturmfuhrer Dwayne Slepetz
Schutze Chris Karr
Unterscharfuhrer Bill Person
Schutze Jim McGuire
Rottenfuhrer Randy Knauss
Schutze George Skrapits
Oberschutze Allen Brenneman
Cook Steve Karr
Oberschutze Robert Brenneman
Schutze Rekrut Doug Perdick
Associate Ryan Crawford
“GvB” then moved out following Grossdeutschland up to a tree line
overlooking rolling fields. The command was given and we were off with Rttf.
Knauss leading the way. Oberschutze Robert Brenneman caressed his Mauser’s
trigger, hungry for targets.
We marched to a grove of trees that vehicles from Hohenstaufen had taken
refuge in. Our Panzerjager team of Oberschutze Kawalsky and Schutze McGuire
covered the road next to a minefield while the rest of us formed perimeter duty.
This area was reconned the night before by Rttf. Knauss, Oberschutze Allen
Brenneman, Oberschutze Kawalsky, Schutze Rkt. Perdick and Assoc. Crawford. We
hoped this would give us an advantage over the Yankee dogs.
Hauptsturmfuhrer Doyle of the 9th WSS needed a group to cover
on flank in some hedgerows and the 17th was called up. Uscha. Person
led Rttf. Knauss, Schutze Rkt. Perdick and Assoc. Crawford down the hill and
into the brush. Our little gruppe made it close to the road on the lower end
when the Amis were spotted. We notified our findings by radio then sat in
perfect camouflage and watched.
Apparently the Allies were too lazy to move out so our kammeraden
attacked then from the far side of the filed to get them off the road. Fierce
fighting was heard. We then spotted two Soldaten creeping up on and American
officer who was watching the action. They couldn’t get him to surrender so a
Handgranate was thrown and our two brave Soldaten hurried back to safety. The
Yanks sent a squad after them but we took a number of them out with accurate
long range rifle fire. We later found out that the two brave souls were
Oberschutze Allen Brenneman and Schutze Chris Karr!
Our recon group then was called back to the hilltop while some Allied
scout planes darted around. It turned out that we weren’t needed so the 17th
“GvB” broke up inot two sections and went back down the hill to drive the
Amis off the road. Our beloved Ustuf. Slepetz joined in as well. Soldaten from
the 12th WSS “Hitlerjugend” and others bolstered our push. Rttf.
Knauss led one part into the underbrush and ducked just in time as a Yank raised
his rifle to fire. These advance scouts were eliminated and we moved further dow.
Once on the road, a bottleneck ensued so Uscha. Person took Oberschutze
Kawalsky, Schutze McGuire, and Schutze Chris Karr around to catch the Yanks on
their flank. At a clearing we bumped into Rttf. Knauss already there merrily
taking out the enemy with his Gewehr.
For some unknown reason, the Yanks kept to the road and didn’t cover
their flanks. This blunder allowed us to hit them on their sides and start
rolling them back to the village. Uscha. Person’s gruppe kept nailing the
enemy with rifle grenade fire while Ustuf. Slepetz was heard on the far side of
the road pushing the others on. Schutze Chris Karr took out the one enemy sniper
on our flank.
Oberschutze Kawalsky spotted an opening through the last hedgerow and our
patrol snuck along the low side of a filed, through the opening, and on until we
were behind the enemy lines. We got to the village and were almost all over a
road and in positions when the sleepy Allied sentry finally realized who we
were. Uscha. Person diverted their attention with constant fire while Schutze
Kawalsky took out a few Amis who didn’t notice him in a bush. Rttf. Knauss and
Schutze McGuire used his large capacity Gewehr to deadly effect. The Yankee dogs
didn’t know which way to turn!
After a bit, the fighting died away. The 17th moved into the
village and replenished our Wasser from a well. Where did the Allies go? With
the village secure, we marched back to our encampment thinking that the enemy
had been destroyed in the flanking attacks. It was later reported that one unit
commander didn’t cover his assigned position and the enemy got away down the
road. We all hoped that this commander was now watching his position – hanging
from a tree by a noose!
A warm and hearty meal from our faithful Cook Karr helped raise our
morale. We all rested around the fire sharing tales from today’s action. Of
course, the tales told by Ustuf. Slepetz were the tallest by far!
A small night recon was wanted to see if any Allies still lingered in the
area. Ustuf. Slepetz, Uscha. Person, and Schutze Chris Karr offered their
services. A few flares and quick skirmishes were noted. The only excitement came
when our Soldaten found themselves mixed up in an Ami patrol! Luckily the
darkness allowed them to escape unharmed even though one Yank was heard saying
that “one of those guy’s hats doesn’t look right!” Of course, they meant
our Ustuf.’s distinctive Schirmutze!
Everyone returned to camp okay and sleep came quickly. By next morning,
the 17th “GvB” was packed and on its way to another section of
the front to defend the homeland!
October 21-23 Hamburg, PA
November 18-20 Torrance, PA
Ustuf. Slepetz wants to remind everyone that he and
his Frau plan to go to California in October 2006. Part of the vacation includes
attending an event with our West Coast detachment with Kurt Swartley. Everyone
is invited to come along so start saving your pennies!