December 20, 1944.
(Subject) Interrogation Report on 8 POWs captured by Baker Co.
(To) Capt C.A. Lafley, asst S-3, 26th Infantry Regiment
Today’s Prisoners were from the following units:
1 man – 3rd Fallschirmjaeger Division, 8th Regiment, 4th Company
3 men – 3rd Fallschirmjaeger Division, 8th Regiment, 12th Company
3 men – 3rd Fallschirmjaeger Division, 8th Regiment, 14th Company
1 man – 1st Fallschirmjaeger Regiment, 3rd Anti Tank Section
The Prisoners from the 8th Fallschirmjaeger Regiment indicated that their mission was to secure the town of Ober Weywertz (887038). The attack was to take place at dawn this morning. The strength of this attaching force is uncertain, as some Prisoners mentioned additional Companies in the 1st and 2nd Battalions other than the 4th and the 12th Companies. The mission of the 4th Company was to take the height 579,2 and secure this position against penetrations from the East.
According to a few of the Prisoners, the 8th Fallschirmjaeger Regiment had approximately 180 men after being withdrawn from the Höven-Düren area. They received an additional 700 replacements mostly from the Luftwaffe in the vicinity of Junkersdorf, just West of Cologne. On the other hand, the Prisoners of the 14th Fallschirmjaeger Company claimed they had received no replacement. The Prisoners came to our sector through Holzheim, where they had also seen a number of SS troops four days ago. The 14th Fallschirmjaeger Company arrived in Schoppen during the night of December 18/19, and the 4th Fallschirmjaeger Company on Möderscheid the same night. Last night, they assembled just South of their objective. The Battalion CP was located in a building between the Railroad tracks and the Road in the vicinity of 89050305.
The 4th Company was commanded by Lt Wetting, FPN L 49928, and had a strength of 70 men. The 12th Company was commanded by Capt Tillinger, FPN L 50771, and had a strength of 100 men. The 14th Company was commanded by Lt Remisch and had a strength of 35 men. Other personalities are Maj Schmidt, CO of the 3rd Fallschirmjaeger Battalion, 8th Fallschirmjaeger Regiment, and Col Erdmann, CO of the 8th Fallschirmjaeger Regiment.
Both, the 4th and the 12th Companies had only LMGs, the 12th had 3 Mortars and these Heavy Weapons Companies were employed as Rifles Companies. The 14th Company was equipped with LMGs, Panzerfausts, and Panzerszchrecks. Only one of the Prisoners mentioned the presence of a Mark VI-2 King Tiger in the immediate area.
The moral of these troops was surprisingly high, as they appeared to have been inspired by their recent success. They were also extremely security conscious, three of them refusing to answer more routine questions, even upon pressure. The Prisoner of the 1st Fallschirmjaeger Regiment was separated from his unit yesterday and was attempting to relocate when captured. Thus, it does not necessarily that this Regiment is also in our immediate sector.
1st Lt, QMC
(Original Archive Source) Bill Warnock, ETO History