What do you have on the 9th and 11th Panzer Divisions?
Here they are - 11. Panzerdivision - according to the book of Donnhäuser-Drews
order by radio for the 11. PD to attack the next day - direction Woronesch.
the whole artillery of the sector fired, with a minor russian reaction. 11. PD built two attacking groups, they crossed the river Tim. 8,8cm crossed the river and went in positions on the eastside of the river. PR 15 attacked in the direction of Kschen, together with Schützenbatallione of 11. PD it took the villages of Gratschewka 2+3. This morning 8 russian tanks were destroyed. A brigdehead east of the Kschen was built up. Annother part of the division (Kampfgruppe) took Michailowka and the railway line north of it.
during the night it was heavily raining. The streets became very bad, so the spearhead of 11. PD was supplied by Luftwaffe-units. Then the bridgehead east of the Kschen bacame larger.
russian attacks against the bridgehead were pushed back. Supplying was difficult like on yesterday.
More russian planes attacked during the night and at dawn the supply lines. At dawn PR 15 attacked in the direction Wyss.-Bolschoje, some russian tanks (KW-1) were destroyed with the help of the 88-guns. The Schützenbatallione took Wolotschik and built annother bridgehead near Kschenski on the eastside of the river Kschen. The russian defensive got stronger, and the attacking groups dig in for the night ("Igelbildung"). Russian planes attacked once more the supply lines of the 11. PD, russian troops attacked the supply lines from villages and woods in the rear.
In the evening the 11. PD got a Werferabteilung for supporting the attack next day.
The attacks went on, direction Wolowo and Witrowka-west. The tanks of PR 15 crossed the river Olym near Nebereshnoje, the Schützenbatallione built a bridgehead near Olchowatka. 11. PD was given to the XXIV. Panzerkorps (formerly the XIII. Armeekorps was leading and the commanding unit). XXIV. PK ordered to largen the bridgeheads across the Olym. The intention is to attack next day in the direction Semljansk. Russian troops attacked the bridgeheads during day and night, so the 11. PD took the Kradschützenbat. 61 into the bridgehead. In the evening one Panzerabteilung of PR 15 attacked Wassilewka, which was strong defensed, and destroyed 7 russian tanks. At night the russian troops went back to the east.
The XXIV. PK ordered to take Beresowka, 15 km to the east of Nabereshnoje. At the beginning both Kampfgruppen of the 11. PD went on, they destroyed 8 heavy russian tanks. Then the defense became stronger, russian planes attacked the Kampfgruppen, which moved without support by the Luftwaffe. At high noon the Kampfgruppen reached the hill near Nowosselskoje and after this, they took the line Liwenka-west - point 251,9 - Fetisowska - 3 km north of Nowosselskoje (meanwhile Kradschützenbataillon 61 was lying there). The attack towards Semljansk could not go on caused by supply problems (fuel and ammunition for the tanks). During the night one more time the russian troops in the rear could cut of the supply lines, supplying by air was ordered.
Heavy russian attacks from the north on both sides of Nowosselskoje with heavy air support. 11. PD fought in a defensive position, in the afternoon the engineers took Nowosselskoje by support of the Panzerregiment 15. Just before this situation russian tanks attacked and reached the headquarter of 11. PD, they were pushed back by german tanks and heavy aa-guns (8,8cm). Some more russian attacks against the other bridghead Nabereshnijo were beaten, 10 tanks were destroyed. One bridge was lost, then was taken back and the Kampfgruppe of 11. PD started a counterattack in the N-E direction to help the 377. ID, which stood in heavy fights there.
The supply lines were cut off again, transports needed the help of tanks of PR 15. During the night a contact was built with troops of the 9. PD, which stood east of Semljansk.
The 11. PD reported 160 destroyed russian tanks (70 percent heavy ones) since 28.6.
The 11. PD suggested, that the russian troops looked for a determing fight on each aerea of the battlefield.
5.7.-9.7. heavy fighting each day, the 11. PD was succeded in securing the support lines.
6.7. 11. PD reported, that the russian 55th cavalry division is destroyed, remants were flying to the north. Once again the german tanks had no fuel.
8.7. The 11. PD got the order, that they will be taken off the lines together with the 9. PD. The aerea was given to the VII. Armeekorps. On the same day the Fla-Abteilung 38 was withdrawn from the 11. PD, her support was decisive during the last days by destroying over 50 russian tanks. During the withdrwan annother russian attack started, 20 russian tanks (english Mark II) were destroyed by PR 15.
9.7. The 340.ID took place in the aerea. The army command sent a aerial photo from the tank battle near the Kschen.