Gefechtsverband Schmidt

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Gefechtsverband Schmidt

Formed o/a mid-December 1942, probably at either Seshchinskaya or Smolensk-North on the Central Sector of the Eastern Front, to direct air support efforts around Velikiye Luki where the German garrison had been surrounded following a major Soviet offensive that commenced on 24 November. Its commander was Obstlt. Heinz-Joachim Schmidt, the Gruppenkommandeur of II./KG 4. Units tactically assigned included II. and III./KG 4, elements of I., III. and IV./JG 51 and components of St.G. 1. Disbanded o/a 16 January 1943, the date the garrison surrendered after all relief efforts had failed. The Stab of the Gefechtsverband was probably Gruppenstab II./KG 4. Also see Gefechtsverband Wilke.[1]

© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress).

(1st Draft 2023)

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  1. G.Aders/W.Held - Jagdgeschwader 51 “Mölders”: Eine Chronik – Berichte, Erlebnisse, Dokumente (Stuttgart, 1985), pp.122-23.