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Military operations in southern Poland.
The National Defense Battalion "Rzeszów".
On September 7, the Battalion ON "Rzeszów" was ordered to march to the city of Krępno to relieve the Battalion ON "Jasło". The latter withdrew to defend Żmigród. The exchange of positions was carried out in a hurry because at that moment the enemy was advancing along the road from the border towards Krępno. Battalion ON "Rzeszów" took up their designated defensive positions around the town of Krępno at 4:00 p.m. The 1st Company was the battalion's left wing, covering the section from the Wisłoka river to the Krępna – Żmigród road, 3 km long. It had the only heavy machine gun, the 2nd Company Łańcut, minus one platoon, was installed on the southern slopes of Height 562, and near the village of Kotań, in the middle of the battalion, with a defense section of 2.5 km. There was also the position of the Battalion Commander, Maj. Ocheduszki. The 3rd Lezajsk Company occupied the right wing (southern slopes of Height 511). This was to ensure communication with the Battalion ON "Gorlice". The defense section had more than 3 km.
However, there was no such communication, because the battalion did not occupy its sector and in the afternoon it withdrew towards Jasło. Ahead of the defensive position of the Battalion ON "Rzeszów", only the 2nd Company of the Battalion ON "Jasło", commanded by 2nd Lt. Piotr Nowak, who was subordinate to Major Ochęduszka, remained in Żydowskie. The neighbor to the east was the Battalion ON "Krosno", centered at Polany (or "Suchania") about 2 km from the left wing of the Battalion ON "Rzeszow".
Meanwhile, on September 7 at approximately 3:00 p.m. in the sector of the 2nd Company of the 2nd Lt. Nowak, there was a heavy attack by two enemy companies of the German 1. Mountain Division, supported by artillery and heavy machine gun fire. Faced with pressure and lack of help from the Battalion ON "Rzeszów", which failed to counterattack, the partially disorganized Jasło company withdrew through the Krępna cemetery. Ahead of the 1st and 2nd Companies of the Battalion ON "Rzeszów", on the road leading from the border to Krępna, Kąty to Żmigród, all wooden and stone bridges were burned or blown up.
Meanwhile, at 4:30 p.m., the enemy, using about 30 armored vehicles, stopped by the burned bridge, unloaded the infantry, and about an hour later attacked the battalion's positions in Krępno with the use of heavy machine guns and mortars. It broke into the 2nd Company sector, but as a result of a counterattack under Cpt. Kwaka was rejected. However, due to the further intensification of fire and the breakdown of communication between the companies and the battalion commander, as well as attacking the battalion again at dusk and breaking through the rear of 1st and 2nd Companies, all units, not without obstacles, they were forced to retreat through the woods to the city of Kąty.
Sources: Batalion Obrony Narodowej „Rzeszów”. Krzysztof A. Tochman. Dodatek historyczny Instytutu Pamięci Narodowej. Oddział w Rzeszowie.
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