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Operations on the Kalmuck Steppe - 1942.
3. Operations on the steppe.
The task for those patrols was as follows:
I. Discover if and where the enemy is feeding forces into the gap between the Terek and the Volga, whether he is making attempts to cross the Volga, where enemy strongpoints are located, and if any troop movements can be located on the
Stalingrad-Astrakhan shore road.
2. Carefully reconnoiter road conditions, the condition of the Caspian coast and the west bank of the Volga as well as the previously unknown Kizlyar-Astrakhan rail line.
The patrol led by Oberleutnant Gottlieb continued along the route to Astrakhan and when it reached Justa turned northeast. After traveling north-northeast across dunes and grassy areas of the steppe, reached the road Asthakhan - Stalingrad northwest of Lenino, there the Soviet trucks travelled toward Jenatewsk. The next day the patrol continued to Tschanyn Ulan and then headed to Sadowka; on September 16 (third day of the patrol) they were 5 kilometers west of Sadowka, 7 kilometers from the western branch of the Volga and 35 kilometers northwest of Astrakhan, from the nearby dunes the German soldiers could see the outskirts of the city and the margin of the Volga, before returning to Utta with two prisoners, a Russian officer and his assistant belonging to 36 Machine Gun Battalion of the Red Army.
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