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Annihilating the MLR.
One hour after of launching the assault of its infantry, the 63ª Guards Division informed to the High Command that already it had reached Krasny Bor and it was heading towards the southern limit of the town, although it was a too optimistic official notice. One of the victims of the irruption was Lieutenant Colonel Ascarza, head of the Spanish artillery in the whole sector of Krasny Bor, who was killed together with almost all the officers of his Staff.
But, even so, Simoniak had been mistaken when announcing so soon his victory; also in this sector Colonel Sagrado arranged a counterattack. He ordered to 2º/Explo. 250, of Captain Andújar, that advanced as quickly as possible towards the Payeras’ CP to help him to seal the breach in his rows. Leaving two of his Platoons with the Commander, Andújar turned westwards with the rest. He could release a group of Spanish prisoners just caught, but the enemy pressure blocked further advance; when returning towards the CP of Payeras he found the commander was seriously wounded. The heroic battalion commander was evacuated immediately and would be sent to the Spanish Military Hospital of Riga, where he would die a month later as a result of those wounds.
Captain Andújar, mutilated of the Civil War, was wounded by enemy fire and was laying in the ground. In order to finish him off, the Soviet attackers attacked him with machete blows. But a group of his men improvised a counterattack, rescued his captain and evacuated him as best as they could. Together with Captain Andújar, was necessary to register the loss of Lieutenant Marchesi, due serious wounds, whereas Lieutenant Durán fell killed in action.
Also the IIº/262 seemed to have ceased to exist. But on its Eastern end, Captain Palacios with a handful of his men stayed alive, being contiguous to other miraculous survivors, the men of Huidobro. The Soviets attacked that bend of the Spanish lines with all means: artillery, aviation, etc. But Palacios resisted, around 15:30 hours, Captain Palacios, one of his officers, 14 NCOs and soldiers still unharmed and 21 wounded fell into the the enemy hands.
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.