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The field of death - Maciejow 1944 or as the "reds" in Volhynia lost 106 tanks in a day.
Armored strugle and counterattack in height 197.2; north of Kruhel - July 7, 1944 (KTB SS-PR 5).
"During the night, the artillery fire intensified all over the front, enemy attacks in the left wing of the division (zone of 26. ID) and in the southern sector.
04:35 hours Ia telephone with information: 'At night from the forest to the northeast of Kruhel, enemy attack against Kruhel that broke into the defense lines, through the eastern part of Kruhel continued further south to the forest at west of Nowe Koszar and captured two anti-tank guns. The Russians are supposed to hit the west on Krasnobudy.
04:40 hours order for the Regiment HQ Company, the sapper company and the 2nd Battalion: "Prepare immediately protection from the direction to the southeast of Kruhel and counterattack other advances of the enemy in the sector of the position of the regiment".
The company of armored sappers is instructed to prepare the roads and bridges to Perewisy and recognize the roads to the location of Parybudy. Until 06:30 in the morning, the artillery fire intensified in the central sector of the defense.
06:35 hours information from the division says that the enemy in Kruhel has hit and the own defensive line will have to be recovered again. The II. Battalion begins the reconnaissance of Point 197.2, there 2 km east over the edge of the forest reported on enemy tanks.
07:45 hours phone call, the II. Battalion fighting 2 T-34 and 2 Sherman at the edge of the forest northeast of Point 197.2. A new survey was made at the edge of the forest 3 kilometers southwest of the west end of Szajna. There, they possess assault weapons.
At 08:30 hours, it is reported that 8 enemy tanks and trucks are traveling through height 178.9 towards the forest northeast of Kruhel.
08:50 hours, 11 enemy tanks were destroyed south of Szajna, one of which was burned down in Kruhel.
10: 00 hours enemy air attack. None of the bombs fell into own positions.
10:15 hours report of the II./ SS-PR 5: "The recon platoon in the area north of Point 197.2 destroyed 6 enemy tanks, of which 5 were set on fire.
10:20 hours enemy air attack. No harm.
10:35 hours phone call from II. Battalion: 'The number of destroyed enemy tanks rose to 7 "
10:40 hours Stukas attack the forest northeast of Kruhel.
10:40 commander and adjutant go to II. Battalion.
16:00 hours from the forest northeast of Kruhel there was a major Russian attack on Point 197.2.
16:35 hours penetration into defense lines in Kruhel. The battalion starts immediately to counterattack.
16:50 hours the division reports that Soviet tanks have already occupied Nowe Koszary and Krasnobudy. Defensive positions north of Zalisce in the area of Point 197.3. The battalion is supervised by the adjutant of the regiment. Command post of the regiment northeast of the outskirts of Perewisy.
21:45 hours order to occupy the 'Blue Line'. The withdrawal maneuver was as planned. Command post of the regiment on the railway line 3 kilometers east of Maciejów. Area of concentration of units of the regiment and II. Battalion near Parybudami, then eastern part of Maciejów. "
Sources: http://www.hroniky.com/articles/view/22 ... kiv-za-den
http://www.panther1944.de/index.php/en/ ... ?showall=1
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