1811 - Light Division - fell back from Gallegos towards the plains of Fuentes d'Onor. (Peninsula).
1945 - 2nd (Airborne) Bn Oxf & Bucks LI - Nostorf 9438 Germany Schwartow 1037
At 0200 hrs we left NOSTORF by march route. A Coy leading.
The way lay mostly along very rough & unreconnoitred tracks.
At a point just west of the railway at 984388 the leading vehicles became bogged.
The Regiment therefore went on without its transport and arrived at SCHWARTOW at dawn. No opposition was encountered.
Meanwhile Maj. Edmunds & Maj. Everett reassembled the vehicles and led them down harder tracks to BOLZENBURG (9835) and thus up again to rejoin the Regiment.
There was clearly no enemy anywhere near us and the Parachute Brigades started off in transport along the main road northwards in the early morning.
The 52nd had time for a short rest and a hot meal, but in the afternoon we were ordered to follow on behind the parachutists.
This we did by means of our own unit & captured transport.
On the roads we passed through crowds of liberated allied P.O.W. and later on became involved in the streams of German troops walking & riding back along the main axis.
The Wehrmacht was clearly surrendering en masse, & nobody had much time to deal with them.
One platoon of A Coy was dropped off at WITTENBURG (2251) to start organising a temporary P.W. camp.
Owing to the crowded roads, the uncertainty as to the positions of the troops in front of us and the darkness of the night, the progress of the column became very slow.