At dawn on 4 November.
The commander of the front specified the tasks of the armies of the shock group.
The 60th Army was tasked with:
From the morning of 4 November to continue the impetuous offensive,
the 3rd Guards Airborne Division was put into battle
and by the end of the day to the front of Manuil'sk, Osikovo, Vladimirovka,
Rudnya Dymerskaya, Katyuzhanka, Nikol'sky, Tarasovshchina, Sinyak;
By the end of 5 November, the army units had to go to the front
Katyuzhanka, Filippovichi, Novaya Greblya, Dachi Klavdiyevo, Dachi Kicheyev, Irpen'.
The 38th Army was ordered:
to take operationally the 6th Guards Tank Corps of the 3rd Guards Tank Army,
to enter into battle the 23rd Rifle Corps with 39th Tank Regiment and 6th Guards Tank Corps,
using the latter to support infantry of the 50th Rifle Corps.
By the end of 4 November, the formations of the 50th Rifle Corps were to leave for the front
Mostishche, Shevchenko, Bobritsa, Malyutyanka, Yankovichi.
At the same time, the formations of the 51st Rifle Corps, by the end of 5 November,
were to liberate Kiev and go to the front of
Yankovichi, Khodosovka (island), the island of Kazachy.
The 3rd Guards Tank Army was ordered to leave the Boyarka-Budayevka area,
Veta Pochtovaya, Khotov, Zhulyany by the end of 4 November, and by the end of 5 November - to the Plesetskoye, Vasil'kov, and Glevakha areas.
On 5 November, the 6th Guards Tank Corps should be returned to the army.
On 4 November, the front commander directly addressed to the corps commanders of
the 3rd Guards Tank Army and the commander of the 5th Guards Tank Corps
sent a telegram with an assessment of the general situation in the Kiev area on 4 November.
In addition, the following instructions were given in the telegram:
"The successful fulfillment of the task depends primarily on the swiftness, courage and
determination of your actions. Your task is to accomplish the tasks assigned to you in the
shortest possible time, for which, without fear of breaking away from the infantry,
boldly destroy individual enemy pockets, to cause panic among the enemy troops.
Rapidly pursue them so that by the morning of 5.11.43 we will be occupied by Kiev. Commanders of all degrees should be with their own units and personally lead them to
accomplish the task."
Fights on 4 November.
On this day, the 60th and 38th Armies resumed their offensive.
The 60th Army began combat with the left-flank units of the 77th Rifle Corps and
on the entire front of the 24th and 30th Rifle Corps.
By the end of the day, the army advanced 2-6 km, seized the villages of
Manuil'sk, Alekseyevka, Dymer, Kozarovichi.
The enemy, pulling up new forces, often counterattacked.
In the second half of the day, the 60th Army repulsed the enemy's repeated attempts
to restore the situation in the Dymer area.
In counterattacks in this direction participated 8th Tank Division of the Germans with
five battalions of infantry.
The 38th Army resumed the offensive at 10 hours on 4 November.
On its site there were units of the 7th Tank Division of the Germans.
During the day, the army's combined forces, having repelled four counterattacks of the enemy,
advanced 5 km, seized the settlements of Berkovets, Vyshgorod and
reached the outskirts of Priorki (a suburb of Kiev).
The success of the 60th Army in the area of Dymer and Kozarovichi
allowed the commander of the 38th Army to remove the 340th Division
from the right flank of the army and send it to the Dachi Pushcha-Voditsa area
to strengthen the strike group.
In the division's strip there was only a cover.
The enemy was the strongest counter-attack in the band of the 38th Army
on that day in the southern part of Dachi Pushcha-Voditsa.
Here, he even managed to first take possession of the district Detsky sanatorium,
where in the conditions of semi-encirclement
the 20th Guards Tank Brigade of the 5th Guards Tank Corps and
one regiment of the 136th Rifle Division fought.
In connection with the strong resistance of the enemy,
the commander of the 38th Army on that day led the whole composition
of the 5th Guards Tank Corps into battle.
The 3rd Guards Tank Army at 10:30 began to advance to the starting position
to enter the breakthrough.
The fighting order of the army was constructed as follows.
In the first echelon of the army, the 9th Mechanized Corps came forward with the task,
overtaking the infantry, by the end of the day to seize the area of
Shevchenko, Korytishchi, Dal'ny Yar.
The 6th Guards Tank Corps, having attached the 52nd and 53rd Guards Tank Brigades
to the commanders of the 167th and 136th Rife Divisions for operations with infantry
as direct support tanks,
the remaining forces also advanced in the first echelon of the army with the task of
overtaking the infantry and by the end of the day to seize the area
Zabor'ye, Malyutyanka, Boyarka-Budayevka.
Behind him came the 7th Guards Tank Corps,
which by the end of the day was to take possession of the villages of
Glevakha, Markhalevka, Veta Pochtovaya.
The 1st Guards Cavalry Corps received the task by the end of 5 November to seize
the Yurov area on the Zhitomir Highway (8 km to the south-west from Makarov),
which radically changed its original task -
to advance along the right bank of the Irpen' River to Fastov.
The task set by the tank army was not fulfilled.
The 6th and 7th Guards Tank Corps were drawn into the battle and
interrupted the enemy's defense together with the infantry.
Initially, only the 6th Guards Tank Corps took part in the battle,
the tanks of which operated in the combat formations of the infantry of the
167th and 136th Rifle Divisions.
The 7th Guards Tank Corps overtook its combat formations and at 13:30 seized Berkovtsom.
By 23 hours on 4 November, separate units of the 7th Guards Tank Corps reached
the northern outskirts of Svyatoshino and on the Kiev-Zhitomir highway,
where they fought the whole night all night with the enemy.
The 1st Guards Cavalry Corps in the afternoon of 4 November ended the crossing of the Dnieper and concentrated in the forest east of Rakovka.
Aviation of the front due to bad weather produced flights only by single aircraft.
The incoming fighters and officers of the front saw the glow of fires in Kiev.
Encouraged by the aspiration to snatch the capital of Soviet Ukraine
from the hands of the fascist invaders as soon as possible and
to prevent the enemy from destroying the city,
the front forces conducted offensive battles continuously on 5 November,
throughout the day of 5 November and at night on 6 November.
The enemy retreated to the west and south-west, clinging stubbornly to each advantageous line.
Air reconnaissance of the front reported on the flow of vehicles from Kiev
in the western and south-western directions.
In some areas,
the enemy counterattacked force to the infantry regiment with several dozen tanks.
The plan for the operation was to force the Dnieper to be moved south of Kiev
by a single combined division.
The representative of the Stavka Marshal G.K. Zhukov at 20:46 on 2 November
telegraphed the commander of the front in connection with the failure of
the 40th and 27th armies and the success of the 38th Army to take from
the 40th and 27th armies two divisions,
to transport to the right bank of the Dnieper south of Kiev not one, but three divisions,
than to render assistance to the 38th Army in the quickest mastery of Kiev.
As a result of the second day of the operation,
the troops of the 60th, 38th, and 3rd Guards Tank Armies did not fulfill their tasks.
As a result of the introduction of reserves by the enemy,
the battles took exceptionally fierce character.
One of the main reasons for the slow progress of the 38th Army was the circumstance that the
army commander, encountering strong resistance from the enemy, slightly increased the strike,
although he had in his second echelon two rifle corps.
The commander of the front on 4 November demanded the introduction of the 23rd Rifle Corps.
However, the corps moved out of the second echelon,
deployed very slowly and did not actually take part in the battle that day.
Битва за Днепр. 1943 г