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The wrath of the Russian generals.
It had finished the day 10th, and the Soviet commands were blazing. Nothing had gone according to the plan.
The 72nd Rifle Division had not cleared the Leningrad-Moscow highway because after breaking the front had not been able to cross the Ishora, either by the Paper factory nor Staraia Mysa.
The 43rd Rifle Division had opened the flank of the 4th SS Division after breaking the front of the I°/ 262, but so slowly allowing the Germans to articulate new defenses.
The 63rd Guards Division had bled itself in breaking the front of the I°/ 262 and was also involved in numerous skirmishes against the tenacious spanish soldiers.
On the 45th Guards Division, its only regiment in action, the 129th, along with the 250th Brigade, still were fighting to stay in Popovka. The 222nd Armored Brigade, as well the 123rd Motorized and the 35th of skiers also under Krasnov’s orders, had progressed to the east, but slowly and chaotically and his Commander had lost all control over these units which had been added.
So the furious general Govorov, Commander of the Front, ordered his withering dismissal and was relieved by General Liubovtsev, then 2nd in Command of the 55th Army.
Within hours, Russian commanders had gone from euphoria to anger just contained. Whether Govorov, Commander of the Front, and Sviridov, Commander of the 55th Army reproached his subordinates the dismal level of coordination shown the units so far, which had not taken advantage of the waste of firepower that had been used. What was clear was that the deadlines set for "Operation North Star" began to be of problematic compliance.
It was the fear of criticism they would receive from Moscow, and further the explosions of Zhukov’s anger, that fueling the anger of Govorov and Sviridov against their subordinates. But the anger had also another source. Govorov and Sviridov simply never imagined that the Blue Division were to resist as it was resisting, the Soviet propaganda presented the division as a mixture of mercenaries and adventurers and their ranks were filled "with criminals especially released from jails" (sic).
Sources: Morir en Rusia. La División Azul en Krasny Bor.
Cheers. Raúl M
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.