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23 July 1941 (afternoon and night).
At 13:20 hours, radio message from AA 152 (issued at 12:30 hs) returned cavalry patrols reported that the ground east of Rumok, Malaja Konopliza, Nowaja and the woods nearby were occupied, because of it they could not reconnoiter that area.
At 14:00 hours from IR 181: hostile harassing fire over the regimental sector.
At 15:00 hours from IR 163: the enemy fortified the height west of Sapolje. Enemy columns heading to Sapolje on the Druth east bank were shelled with artillery and mortars.
At 17:00 hours from IR 181: enemy artillery fire on the II. Battalion mainly over sabolotje, followed at 17:15 hours by an attack in company strenght. The attack was rejected at 18:20 hours due to infantry fire and artillery barrages.
At 18:20 hours the Divisional Commander discussed the Division’s aim with the Ia. Purpouse: the Division was to attack on Jul 24 1941 in order to throw the enemy back across the Dniepr river with the luftwaffe support.
At 18:40 hours Div. Commander to Pi. Corps Leader as additional task: was to block from Oserany to Mankij. Aim: to spare Divisional forces. (Oserany should be the future left limit of the Corps).
At 19:15 hours Div. Commander to LIII AK’s CoS: Purpouse and development (24 or 25 Jul 1941); around 05:00 hours: artillery fire; 06:00 hours aerial attack, simultaneously the infantry was to jump off. II./ IR 315 should be ready. The aim should be temporarily newly established owing to: the broad Divisional sector, the doubtful aerial attack and the OoB of the unit for that operation was not inconvenient.
At 19:25 hours radio message of the 31 ID ( issued at 18:50 hs): advanced element “Blocking force Hurten” at 17:20 hours in Rudnizkij Less. Advance hindered due to destroyed bridges and poor roads. No enemy contact. Please, set the RV point eastwards Oserany.
At 19:30 hours Div. Commander - CoS LIII AK: two prisoners from the 117 SD were taken. They seemed as little educated; that division was deployed in a broad sector. The wish was to drove back the enemy across the Druth river. Perhaps on Jul 25; unbeliving.
At 20:00 hours oral order by wire to all units: Mission without change. Intense patrol actions.
20:10 hours AA 152 radioed: Malaja Konopliza - Nowaja Konopliza and Woods southeastwards free of enemy. Malaja Konopliza - Rumok noise of caterpillars. Wireless message to AA 152: blocking detachment of 31 ID in the afternoon at Rudnizkij Less. Liaison should be establish. Own blocking position Myk - Oserany.
At 20:30 hours from IR 205: on Jul 24 at 20:00 hours patrols action to Kostjaschowo, Sapolje and eastwards. No artillery fire there. ARKO 27 was informed.
At 21:00 hours arrived the Corps order for the defense on 24 Jul 1941. Divisional task without changes.
At 21:08 hours from LIII AK leader of T-152 should be attend on Jul 24 1941 at 09:00 hours at Titowka.
At 21:30 hours from IR 181 enemy attack from Sabolotje, seemed reconnaissance in force; it reached own MLR but was rejected at 22:00 hours.
From IR 205 except artillery fire the day was quiet.
The struggle reached its peak on the day fourteen, even a withdrawal up to the Beresina was allowed but the divisional commander rejected that solution and the unit endured. On the morning of the day fifteen the enemy command threw its reserve attacking in 5 or 6 waves putting all the eggs in one basket. During that night nobody could sleep even for a while but next morning as the sun rose no one enemy could be seen on the field, the struggle was over and the 52 ID had held its line.
Source: "Luchas, Victorias y Derrotas" Lothar Rendulic. Círculo Militar. Buenos Aires.
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