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21 July 1941 (afternoon).
At 12:30 hours IR 497 reported an enemy attack from Kostjaschowo to the west. However the IR 205 could not confirm the liaison with the II./ IR 163 eastwards of the Sapolje’s graveyard by means of its patrols.
At 12:35 hours the Corps Commander arrived and was orientated over the map, also he (Army Corps CO) informed that the Heeresgruppe had granted the withdrawal behind the Dobysna river, even behind the Berezina river if necessary. The Divisional Commander was sure his troops could hold the ground on the Druth and Dniepr.
At 12:40 hours IR 205 reported that the recce patrols informed at 11:00 hours the following: 330 meters westwards of Kostjaschowo weak enemy; in the town and eastwards strong hostile forces, moving to the east in the woods on the far banks of both rivers.
At 14:00 hours IR 181 reported that heavy enemy artillery fire unleashed over the regiment’s sector.
At 14:20 hours IR 205 reported that a second recce patrol had checked that Kostjaschowo was seized by the enemy in company strenght. Part of the wood 500 meters southwest of the village also enemy in company strenght could be observed. Between Kostjaschowo and the Druth river as far as the wood beyond the river enemy positions were discovered.
At 14:50 hours from ARKO 27: well directed hostile artillery fire with 6 - 8 batteries on both sides of the highway.
At 14:55 hours the Infantry regiments were leaded as a whole.
At 15:00 hours the enemy, with strong artillery support, attacked on the IR 181’s sector; the main effort was carried out on both sides of the highway against the III./ IR 181.
At 14:50 hours on the embankment road leading to Marussino two light tanks were destroyed with artillery fire. The infantry coming behind was driven back as well.
At 15:15 hours ARKO 27 reported about a direct hit on the IR 181’s CP, Oberst Mahlmann was slightly wounded, 3 Officers were seriously wounded and two orderlies were killed.
At 15:20 hours talk with LIII AK’s CoS, IR 315 had reached Rekta. One light Artillery Group was attached to IR 315.
Enemy tank attack against the 255 ID.
At 15:30 hours AA 152 reported in writing the enemy company at Kordon was entrenched. Enemy garrison at Rumok. One recce patrol reported that in the morning Malaja Konopliza was free of enemy. Mortars and Infantry Guns in position at Oserany. One prisoner was taken.
At 16:00 hours message radioed to AA 152 Pi company was relieved and was moving towards Oserany.
At 16:15 hours the following task was given to Pi Btl 152’s Commander: to reconnoitre a Druth river crossing with pontoon and bridge in order to carry the IR 315 across.
At 16:10 hours the IR 163 reported that the enemy was attacking its III. Battalion.
Talking between Divisional Commander and the LIII AK’s CoS. The 52 ID’s Commander told that he expected the river crossing at Malaja Konopliza and not at Rekta.
At 16:45 hours new enemy attack on both sides of the IR 181; about 18:00 hours the attack reached the I./ IR 181 in the middle. At 18:00 hours the enemy breached the MLR. The 2./ Pi Btl 654 counterattacked and drove back the russian troops reaching the old line.
At 16:55 hours radio message to Pi Btl 152, the arrangements ordered for blowing the bridge at Liskowskaja should to be done. After that the site should to be warded.
At 17:15 hours radio message to AA 152: tasks for AA and Pi company without changes.
At 17:25 hours from IR 497: one agent, from the russian side, reported on Jul 21 at 04:00 hours that:
1) Rogatschev more and more was stripped (evacuated?) by the russsian.
2) Strong forces at Blisnezy.
3) Within the wood in Blisnezy area 50 tanks and 1 heavy battery of artillery.
4) Along the main road heading Rogatschev from the northeast reinforces towards the city.
5) An attack was being planned.
6) Two russian groups in battalion strenght: at Lushki (with mortars) and at Rumok (with minelauncher).
At 17:45 hours from IR 181: at 17:15 hours enemy attack with battalion strenght on both sides of the limit between the 255 ID and the 52 ID. III./ AR 152 had its allocated ammunition retained (munitionssperre). The order was changed by the divisional commander.
Source: "Luchas, Victorias y Derrotas" Lothar Rendulic. Círculo Militar. Buenos Aires.
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