Hello to all - 3º part.
The attack - 23 oct 1941.
Shortly before the attack went under way, the machine guns engaged the targets previously reconnoitered and at some places the enemy infantry fleds.
At 15:00 hrs the artillery fire broke out hammering the irruption's points. At 15:10 hrs the frontline battalions jumped out in deployed formation spreading out in a 500 mts front each. Some enemy machine guns fired upon the left battalion causing minor casualties but the artillery shelled it with smoke.
Upon the right flank fired entrenched tanks, the III / JR 228 was unable to advance any farther. The regimental commander pointed out this targets to the support guns and when the fire support became effective the officers of the III. Battalion led the men ahead towards a hollow and a dead angle. The troops went through a barbed wire and jumped into a deep antitank ditch; later climbed out the wall using the infantry shovels as steps.
At 15:25 hrs both battalions reached the west edge of the mighty fortificated Kharkow, which was on fire. Under the impression of a mighty blow and the efect of the artillery fire the enemy withdrew, was annihilated or taken as prisoner. (JR 228 KTB).
The III / JR 228 (right battalion) moved forward in column astride the assigned street, the II / JR 228 did the same some 500 meters to the north; the rearguards mopped up the buildings left behind. The first objective, the rail road north of the main station, was reached at 16:45 hrs and when the night fell the regiment took an all-round position astride the rail road. 345 prisoners were taken.
There was not communication with the divisional CP; the right neighbour (ID 57) was fighting farther to the rear (will reach the rail road the next day) and was the same for the neighbour to the left (I / JR 229). The JR 228 was isolated. All night violent explosions sounded through the air, the russian blew up buildings, rail road, bridges, etc.
The commander of the AR 85 arrived during the night. The attack must be resumed on 24 oct at 06:00 hrs.
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.