29. März 1941
|GEO & MIL INFO|
|Capt Goßmann "since some time" Cdr 8./477|
Time goes by. The frost ceases. The snow melts. The roads and paths become muddy. Then suddenly (on 29 March 1941) a mobilisation order arrives. The regiment is to march over the Dukla Pass to Košice (Slovakia), taking all its equipment with it. Immediately the loading begins. The vehicles are standing on the road in a long line. The soldiers are swarming around them like a colony of ants. But the confusion is only seemingly. Loading is an activity that is often practised. Weapons, ammunition, equipment and luggage are stowed on the vehicles according to a precise plan.
In the evening I say goodbye to the Kaczkowski family. We sit together in the living room, but little is said. The two daughters silently stare ahead. I stare alternately at one and the other, but they avoid meeting my glance.
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- The date 29.03.1941 is the most probable. The following days, on which according to TätBer 257. I.D. Frame 000203-206 the rain mentioned on the next day fell, come into question: 29–30 March (before that date it was snowing), 14–18 April or 20–22 April (after that date transfer to Mecinka according to Frame 000206); however, afterwards (assuming the chronological order is correct here) so many events are recounted that there must be a longer period between this mobilisation and the transfer. Another possibility for containing the date: Goßmann must have already been company commander, but where can this be found?