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With the 25. ID (Mot) in Operation Barbarossa.
Attack to the north. Encirclement of Kiew - September 12 to 23, 1941.
Just after leaving the wooded area located 4 kilometers north of Lubny, the motorcycle platoon that marched in the lead collided with the enemy, who according to statements of some civilians, who marched down the road dressed as vagabonds, would be a pretty big column. This was confirmed shortly after by combat reconnaissance. The Commander of the regiment detached his II. Battalion for the fight supported by artillery.
As the reconnaissance continued, it was reported that other hostile forces were assembled a kilometer northwest of Chitzi, so the Commander sent to the town at the III. Battalion and the 5th Company on the left. The enemy was hit and about 100 prisoners, 9 guns, 3 light armored vehicles and several cars fell into the hands of the regiment. The fight had lasted for hours and with the intention of reaching Melechi, located about 7 kilometers to the north, still during the day the commander gathered his battalions in Tischki. A company from the III. Battalion remained in Chitzi. While the II. Battalion, with the 2. / Pi. Btl 25 moved from Tischki to Melechi (a kilometer and a half to the northeast) and collided there with a strong enemy contingent.
There was a very serious crisis that could be overcome at the cost of bloody losses. On September 20, 1941, the IR 35 (Mot), reinforced with an armored detachment, attacked the plateau in the direction of Melechi and Woroniki, conquering both locations. While the SR 11, reinforced with another armored detachment, cleared the locations east of the line Melechi - Woroniki. The day ended with great success, the encirclement had been closed. In the following days the troops of the division raked the land between the Udaj and the Mnoga, as well as the rear of the unit. As reported by the Ia of the 25. ID (Mot) were captured 26,483 prisoners, 2,579 vehicles, 9 tanks, 29 recce vehicles, 50 tractors, 78 howitzers, 34 anti-aircraft guns and other material.
On September 25, 1941 the I. / IR 35 (Mot) commanded by the Oberstlt. Reutter returned to the division after finishing his work in the sector of Orshiza; the battalion managed to capture 4,200 prisoners and their actions were highlighted by the Commander of the 16. Pz, Generalmajor Hube. Shortly before the end of the encirclement of Kiew on September 26, 1941, the XXXXVIII AK (Mot) became dependent on the Armored Group Guderian and on September 23, 1941 the division was ordered to change the letter K for the G in their vehicles. So the 25. ID (Mot) became subordinated of the Army Group Center for the great offensive that was approaching and was gathered in Melechi.
Sources: Wege eines Soldaten. Gerhard Brugmann, Heinz Gaedcke.
Erwin Boehm: Geschichte der 25. Division, Hrsg.: Kameradenhilfswerk 25 e.V., Stuttgart 1983
Cheers. Raúl M
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.