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Development of the operation.
January 18, 1942. Reconnaissance to Poliki, Slawinka and Pyrinka. Faced with weaker enemy resistance, Kotbitschi, then Siminizy, could be taken. Slobodka found itself clear of the enemy and was occupied by advanced parts of II./IR 348. The enemy continued to retreat northward. The bridge over the Drogoshan had already been destroyed in previous operations and construction began immediately with the help of civilians. West of Bukan, on the road to Lyudinowo, it was possible to establish a connection with a reconnaissance group established there north of the Roga settlement.
January 19, 1942. Kuzmany Group: Regiment Staff with HQ Coy/IR 338, I. / IR 338, II./IR 348 reinforced, 6./PR 18; Kradsch. Btl. 18 passed under the direct orders of 18. Pz.
Fire support and cooperation: now II./AR 208; Reconnaissance southeast of Buda Monastyrskaja and Vydrowka, where weaker enemy forces were found, and north of Pechki, which was clear of enemies, Kamenka was occupied.
During the day, the main parts of the Kuzmany group moved to the Siminizy-Slobodka-Kotobitschi area. In the afternoon, a Russian scouting troop on horseback was captured at the eastern entrance to Siminizy. According to statements by the civilian population, the enemy had retreated further east and northeast on the night of January 19, 1942, taking with them some 60 wounded.
January 20, 1942 The task of the regiment was:
1.) Reach Bryni with a strong battalion and Dubrowka with another battalion.
2.) Advanced reconnaissance of the Chwano line and the railway line north of Koschatinka.
I./IR 338 was supposed to advance through Siminizy-Skatscok, the II. / IR 338 by Dubrowka and Aleksandrowka. As a result of a heavy snowfall on the way to Dubrowka, I./IR 338 marched through Maklaki, where there was a brief battle between the infantry spearhead and enemy patrols that fell back north with losses.
Dubrowka's eastern exit was reached by I./IR 338 around 11 a.m. Here, too, a weak enemy eluded after exchange of fire with the infantry spearhead. However, stronger snowdrifts and heavy snowstorms prevented it from advancing rapidly. The roads were not clear. Some of the men sank to their harness, the horses chest-high in the snow, the battalion had to use a sled path leading northeast.
About 150 m before the entrance to the village, both vanguard groups were attacked from the southern end of the village by stronger opponents with machine guns. In the hard fighting, however, they managed to reach the village entrance with good support from their own anti-tank guns, which had already set fire to several houses with the first shots and then, in fierce house-to-house fighting to force the enemy to retreat with hand grenades. House to house had to be fought doggedly, and it was not until dusk that the enemy abandoned the resistance and fled north, northeast, and northwest into the forest. The I./IR 338 was able to report as loot that day, 3 anti-tank guns, 5 heavy machine guns, 37 rifles, 5 automatic rifles with numerous ammunition and 12 prisoners. Own losses amounted to 2 dead and 4 wounded.
In the meantime, II./IR 348 had arrived at the ordered lodging places and had carried out reconnaissance as far as Semichasnoye, a place occupied by stronger opponents. I./IR 338 assumed protection of the northern flank during the group's subsequent advance and was subordinate to SR 52 from January 22 at 7:00 p.m. I./IR 337 was again subordinate to the group during the night of January 21, 1942.
Soldatenjahrbuch 1967. Pag 52.
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