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Attack of a divisional group with deep snow in winter.
On the evening of March 29, 1942, the 15. ID received from the V AK the following task: it was to attack through Chizhowo to the northwest, and together with the 5 Pz and the 106. ID, was to reject the enemy located north of the highway.
For that effect, some Pz Kw III and IV were subordinated to the 15. ID, while the AA 15 was attached to the 5 Pz. A marching battalion of 900 men of replacement should reach the division on March 30, 1942. The ammunition was scarce, only a few days of fighting, although was announced its resupply.
The attack would take place in an open and gently rolling terrain, passing through a wooded area of about 4-5 km in depth.
The winter weather remained clear and cool (15 degrees Celsius below zero), full moon, snow depth 60-70 cm, in hollows and snowstorms 100 cm.
Preparation: until March 30, 1942, reconnaissance from all commanders. In order not to alert the enemy it was ordered: the maps should be used only indoors, watching from the towns or from checkpoints of the security forces. It was forbidden any kind of escort. The division commander and his first staff officer (Ia) moved some stretches by vehicle and some stretches by sleigh until joining with the security posts on the road in Kostjukowka and Chizhowo. About the enemy it was known that occupied the forests and towns across the road and remained calm in recent days.
At 18:00 hours was discussed with all the commanders and leaders of the tanks the course of action developed using maps scale 1:2500 in order of resolving the task of moving cross-country in deep snow covered terrain, attack and destroy the enemy entrenched in towns and forests and finally crossing and attack already the first day the wooded area of 5 km in depth. It was decided to attack along the path running toward Chizhowo to bind later with the Russian winter trails recognized by aerial reconnaissance.
The division refused to divide the 900 inexperienced recruits between combat troops and grouped them nearby the sappers battalion as available reserve.
Source: Angriff einer Divisionsgruppe im Osten im Winter bei tiefem Schnee SCHERZERS MILITAER-NACHRICHTEN. http://www.scherzers-militaer-nachricht
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