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Defensive fights in Woronesch and the Don 1943.
At dawn on January 26, 1943, the I. / GR 530 reached Kriwzowo-Plota, 35 kilometers south of Liwny on the railway line leading south from Liwny. At 6:00 p.m., the trucks moved southeast. In Turchanovo, the soldiers were unloaded around midnight. They occupied the anti-tank trench that runs east of Turchanovo on the Rollbahn. There, the 383. ID with the GR 135 and GR 531 desperately tried to build a new line of resistance.
At first light the enemy began their attack on January 27, 1943. On the Rollbahn, the enemy appeared with trucks and tanks in front of the battalion's eyes in a huge display. Without their heavy weapons, the grenadiers had to sit still and watch the enemy make preparations. At 08:00 the enemy concentrations were destroyed by the Stukas, but soon new masses were launched. The I. / GR 530 crushed the first waves within range of the machine guns, but from left to right they sped through the open gaps, heavy artillery fire falling into the anti-tank ditch. At 11:30 am, the battalion received the order to move to Turchanovo. With heavy losses, the battalion retreated onto the open road in deep snow.
The enemy followed immediately, and after intense house-to-house fighting, the place had to be abandoned. At the next strong point, Rogatik, the I. / GR 530 was still able to muster about half the fighting force. The fights for each house begin anew, because the place must be maintained. But even here the battalion cannot last long. The remains, increasingly decimated, make their way through the ring of the compound towards Wyschne. There, the I. Battalion met with the Aufkl. Abt. 299. He had the task of reinforcing Rogatik, who was now lost. A few hours later, Wyschne is also abandoned. A desperate fight for a gap to the west began again.
On January 27, 1943, the 340.ID was deprived of its retreat route to Kastornoje by the enemy who advanced south of the Kobylja River and met on January 28. along with 377. ID in the Orechowo area, surrounded so to speak. For the planned breakthrough of the two army corps, three groups were formed the next day. The 340.ID, also seriously decimated, belonged together with the remains of the 377. ID and the 75. ID, as well as the remains of the 6th and 9th Hungarian divisions to the Beukemann Group (Generalleutnant Beukemann = Commander of the 75. ID ) and had approximately 9,000 men.
On January 27, Ski-Bataillon 323 continued its march south and reached the town of Verkhny Olym at the head of the Olym. Due to the lack of accommodation here, the troops suffered the first freezes. From the real objective of the march, the village of Gorschetschnoje, about 5 km away, the noise of the battle could be heard. The next day (January 28), the battalion was still in the same area. During the morning, the 1st and 2nd Companies advanced to the south, near point 232.5 west of the house of the Manager of the train station, with a security order to the west against the Gorsechnoye-Bykowo road. From the afternoon on, the Russian columns marching to the northwest were constantly observed on this road. Around noon, the two companies jointly repulsed an attack by a few Russian tanks against their positions with manned sleds.
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