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Towards the Don and beyond - 1942.
5. Infantry Divisions.
During the night from 03 to 04 July, 1942 the AR 188 advanced from Rogalik, crossed the Kshen and occupied new firing positions around Alexsejewka. On July 5, 1942 the Infantry resumed the attack between Level 220.3 and Level 200.9 astride the road and after conquering the towns of Bul. Ivanowka, Mal. Ivanowka, Wessely and Ssapron reached the Olym whose eastern margin was strongly defended.
The III. / AR 188 was ordered to occupy firing positions on Wessely - Ssapron to support the crossing. After bitter fighting the III. / IR 245 forced the cross of the river in Affrossimowka. Russian tanks couterattacked and destroyed two antitank cannons; on the evening of July 6, 1942 casualties were so severe that the infantry was halted in Affrossimowka and Borki. The commander of the III. / IR 245 Maj Kortkamp fell in action. At dusk the troops of the III. / IR 245 retreated to the western bank of the Olym. The northern flank of the division was open. There were deployed the II. / IR 245, the Radfahrschw 188 and part of the 14. / IR 245 and each battery of the III. / AR 188 should have a gun with its firing sector due north. The next night the 9. Battery fought in direct fire against tanks with 4 guns and the 7. Battery with 2 guns.
On July 6, 1942 the AA 157 was marching by Adamskoje south of Stary Oskol.
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Cheers. Raúl M
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.