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The schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 654.
Kursk - In the attack.
July 9, 1943. The fifth day of the battle brought a pause, caused by the development of the situation of the previous day .... Model, Zeitzler and Busch, the Superior Commander of the Heeresgruppe Mitte
(Army Group Center) realized that fierce and skillful Soviet resistance, coupled with the very special conditions found at Kursk had frustrated the (once) successful German combat tactics. Model demanded a greater concentration of the exhausted German forces to break through the positions of the ridge. However, it was obvious that a new advance would slow down.
From the war diary: '... Even after clearing the ridge, we expect a very slow advance, consequently, we will not be able to reach the final goal Kursk in time. The battle constitutes a new chapter of a "war of attrition" since it is only an absolute question of the number of men, material and ammunition. Without continuous and sufficient logistical support, a successful conclusion of this operation will not be possible ... The Army Group agrees with this assessment, but underlines the need to win this battle to annihilate the growing number of Russian reserves ... '
sPz.Jäg.Abt. 654: while that day around 06:00 hours, attacked the Kampfgruppe (Combat Group) led by Maj. Kahl and managed to break into the system of the defensive position of the enemy and also managed to destroy several howitzers and anti-tank weapons.
According to a member of the HQ of sPz.Jäg. Reg .: intense artillery fire. We move in open terrain. Enemy artillery falling around us. The staff vehicle rolled over a mine and was out of service, its crew fights against Soviet infantry. We move to help them. I stay behind in a trench as the lieutenant and the driver move forward to the enemy and both were seriously injured, but the driver was able to bring the vehicle to our lines. The vehicle was hit several times by Soviet anti-tank rifles. A noncommissioned officer took the vehicle further to the rear.
Sources: http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli ... Abt654.htm
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