Victor wrote:In reference to this older post, I found the losses for the 3rd Motorized Vanatori Regiment for 20 November 1942:
Killed: 38 (3 officers, 35 soldiers)
Wounded: 59 (2 officers, 1 NCOs, 56 soldiers)
Missing: 36 (1 officer, 1 NCO, 34 soldiers)
Sick: 9 (1 officer, 4 NCOs, 4 soldiers)
The material losses were significant: 420 rifles, 28 LMGs, 7 HMGs, 22 pistols, 35 SMGs, 8 AT guns, 6 60 mm mortars, 2 81.4 mm mortars and 5 120 mm mortars.
However, the regiment continued to exist and fight.
It is very interesting information.
From Russian the situation is looked so.
In the morning on November, 20th 1 Arm. Div. has undertaken attack to the left flank of 5-th tank army. Romanians attacked from Zhirki in a direction Peschanyj.
In this attack participated 3 Mot. Reg. Attack has failed: 3 Mot. Reg. had big losses, regiment has been exterminated.
Within all next days struggle (that is, 21, on November, 22nd and 23) from 1 Arm. Div. actions 1 Tank Reg, 4 Mot. Reg and other units of this division are marked. However, actions 3 Mot. Reg. it is not fixed any more.
In 15.00 20/11/42 19 TBr and 14 MRBr from structure 26 Òank Corps grasp Perelazowskij where there are rears 1 Arm. Div.
It is necessary to tell, that actions 3 Mot. Reg it is not fixed neither grasped captured, nor documents killed.
By the end of day on November, 22nd three boilers are formed:
- In area Raspopinskaja: units 5, 13 and 6 Inf Div (general Trojan Stanesku commanded)
- In area Golovsky: units 5, 15 and 6 Inf Div (commanded the commander 5 Inf Div general Mazarini, here there was a commander 6 Inf Div general Laskar)
- In area Verhne-Tsaritsynsky, Zhirki, Osinovskij: units 1 Arm. Div., 15 and 5 Inf Div (commanded the commander of 15-th Inf Div).
In second half of day on November, 22nd for negotiations about delivery in a captivity of a grouping in Golowskij (which general Mazarini has headed) from Red Army of profit two truce envoys (parlamenters). It were:
- the assistant to the commander to 396-th separate prospecting company of 333-rd rifle division the senior lieutenant Matveev Alexander Ivanovich
- shooting (arrows) same company private soldier Usov Ilya Dmitrievich.
Russian truce envoys have transferred generals Mazarini and Laskar the letter of command of 21-st Army with the offer on delivery of the Romanian armies in a captivity.
The Romanian military leaders have refused.
However, - according to truce envoys, - in a voice of the Romanian military leaders there was no hardness.
897 Art. Reg. 333 Rif. Div has opened fire on the Romanian positions, but attacks of infantry it was not required - Romanians of fight have not accepted and have started to surrender in a captivity.
Have surrendered in a captivity and both of the Romanian general - Mazarini and Laskar.
The report of a staff 333 Rifle Division
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21/11/42 1120 RR continued to conduct fights in area height 193.7, has has taken possession her and slowly moved ahead. Before regiment units 6 Inf. Div defended.
To 15.00 21/11/42 1118 RR has left to east surburb Verhne-Cherensky where has collided with the rests 15 Inf Div, passed to defense. The opponent had the purpose - to cover the parts departing on the south.
The commander 1118 RR from a course has developed unwrapped regiment and, being supported of artillery of a straight line directly from fighting orders íàâîäêîé, after two-hour fight has has taken possession Verchne-Cherenskij.
Big trophies - 13 tanks, more than 500 horses, up to 300 vehicles with various property have been taken. It is grasped 200 captured
To 23.00 21/11/42 1116 RR has left on a boundary Rybkin - Warlamovskij and has occupied defense by front on the north.
22/11/42 1120 Rif Reg, finally having broken resistance of the opponent, the second battalion has left on the western slopes âûñîòû197.4, and two other battalions has begun approach in direction Izbuschinskij, Raspopinskaja.
There to Raspopinskaja at 15.00 has approached 1/1116 Rif Reg. Around Raspopinskaja the second ring of an environment has started to arise.
Since morning 22/11/42 1118 RR has led approach on Golowskij. Being supported of tanks, regiment by 17.00 has has taken possession Golowskij.
1116 RR occupied with two battalions a former defensive boundary.
Thus, the opponent has appeared shattered, lost touch and management and besides strongly demoralized.
The opponent has started to surrender in a captivity the whole divisions.
Below cited data show losses of the opponent, number captured and trophies the divisions grasped by units division
[Captured / killed]
1. Generals … … … … … … 2 /-
2. A staff-officers … … ….. 11 /-
3. Seniors-officers … … ….. 140 / 53
4. Corporals … … … .654 / 223
5. The soldier … … … … … … … .7 393 / 1960
TOTAL: … … … 8 201 / 2226
The NOTE: captured the Romanian generals have appeared.
1. The commander 5 ID - general Lasker*
2. The commander 6 ID - general Mazarini*
6. It is grasped horses:
a/. Riding - 55
b/. Artillery - 67
c/. For a transport - 911
7. The Equipment:
a/. Rifles - 7451
b/. Machine guns lungs - 971
d/. Heavy machine guns - 155
e/. Antiaircraft machine guns - 10
f/. Guns of different calibres - 188
g/. Tanks and platform soles - 26
h/. Armoured cars - 1
i/. Automobile - 24
j/. Lorries - 177
k/. Special cars and tractors - 42
l/. Motorcycles - 10
m/. Planes - 1
* - errors of the document: general Laskar the commander 6 Inf Div, and general Mazarini the commander 5 Inf Div.
In spite of the fact that the grouping in Golowskij capitulated, in Raspopinskaja Romanians continued to show resistance.
In second half of day on November, 23rd the offer on capitulation has been directed to the commander of this grouping to general Trojan Stanesku.
In the beginning general Stanesku has refused.
However he is closer to the end of day on November, 23rd has directed to Russian of truce envoys.
Truce envoys have come to a staff of 291-st Rifle Regiment 63-rd Rifle Division.
The parties have coordinated signals about cease-fire - white and green rockets from the Romanian, green and red from Russian.
At 23 o'clock 30 mines on November, 23rd Romanians have submitted the signals, on what Russian have answered with the signals. Since this moment fights in area Raspopinskaja have stopped.
Brigade general Trojan Stonesku and the Romanian officers of his staff have surrendered in a captivity 2 hours of 30 minutes on November, 24th, 1942.
The part of forces of the Romanian grouping surrounded in area Zhirki, has managed to be pulled out from a ring on a southwest and to grasp settlements:Bol. Donshchinka, Mal. Donshchinka and Medvezhij
From the south (from Petrovka) to the aid of Romanians have come a tank battalion 204 Pz. Reg. (50 tanks) and 129 GR 22 Pz. Div.
However here they again have been taken in a ring by Russian armies.
At night with 23 on 24 Germans and the Romanian have tried to be pulled out from a ring in area Bol. Donshchinka for Chir (in area Chernyshevskaja).
For the coordination of actions in the afternoon on November, 23rd in area of a boiler has landed Romanian plane which has transmitted the message from a staff of 3-rd army. However on a return way this plane has been has been shot down, and the Romanian pilot to take in a captivity.
At night with 23 for November, 24th in Bol. Donshchinka was constructed a column of armies. However, this attempt break was to stop sudden attack 303 Tank Battalion 8 Guard Separate TBr.
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Report No 13
Staff of a brigade 8 GSTBr
I inform, that in fights on the night of 24/11/42 for Bol. Donshchinka the tank battalion in structure of 3 tanks " KV ", 2 tanks " T-34 " under command of the commander 303 TB guards of senior lieutenant Belous in 22.30 23/11/42 has rushed in to in Bol. Donshchinka from northwest, having found parts German-Romanian armies unawares. The built column of motor vehicles in structure of 30 pieces has been completely destroyed.
It is destroyed: up to 1800 soldier and officers of the opponent; 10 guns, 75 horses.
It is grasped: up to 250 motor vehicles, 200 horses, 750 captured, among them one colonel.
Losses - are not present.
Till the morning tanks have blocked all the roads leading from Bol. Donshchinka, and with the beginning of approach of our units have supported their impact from rear.
The chief of a staff 8 GSTBr
guards the major /Mezhitcan/
Owing to this attack the most part 22-nd Pz. Div and a small part 15 Inf Div have receded in a balka (beam) Medwezh’ja (near settlement Medwezhij).
On the other hand, the most part the Romanian led by the general (presumably the commander 15 Inf Div) and a small part 22 Pz Div have receded on the east where they have got under impact 216 TBr.
In it to fight by a shot from the tank of the commander of a brigade the Romanian general has been killed, îïîçíàòü which it was not possible. Documents of this general have been sent in a staff 5 Tank Army.
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to Commander 5 TA
Fighting report No 5
Staff of a brigade 216 TBr
1. In 7.00 25/11/42 in execution of Your order 580 Tank Battalion has occupied Mal. Donshchinka. It is killed 150 soldier and officers. The opponent recedes on a southeast and the east. Forces are established. Throws a plenty of equipment, an ammunition and an equipment.
580 Tank Battalion has destroyed one German tank T-3.
The peace population speaks, that the opponent has tanks, quantity 60-70, but fuel is not present, many tanks tow because of absence of fuel. Big trophies are counted up.
Losses: 1 person is wounded.
2. Yesterday the tank of the commander of a brigade has killed in fight of one general. To distinguish it was not possible. I direct to you the documents grasped at him.
3. In 10.15 25/11/42 I carry out your order transmitted through the commander 346 RD - to move on Perelazowskij.
4. Consider expedient to direct unit what it is possible, for prosecution of the opponent departing from Mal. Donshchinka.
5. In 10.10 25/11/42 in TEP brigades machine-gun fire and fire from rifles brings down German diving bomber No C-9KK. Crew: two persons has burned down, the others did not manage to be found out.
The commander 216 TBr
The lieutenant colonel / Kozhanov/
Those Germans and Romanians who was in a balka (beam) Medwezh'ja, have tried to leave a boiler at night with 24 for November, 25th. The route of movement was those: from Medwezhij on a balka (beam) Medwezh'ja and balka (beam) Berezjanka on the south up to the big road near Petrovka.
This attempt of break has appeared successful. On big road Petrovka - Chernyshevskaja has escaped up to 35 tanks, about 100 motor vehicles and a plenty of German and Romanian motorcyclists (all about 1500 person).
Having left on road, it is group has turned on the West and has crossed river Chir on the bridge near Chernyshevskaja. Here Germans and the Romanian have straight off rushed into in Chernyshevskaja and have beaten out therefrom 437-th rifle regiment 47-th Guards rifle divisions.Note: 437-th rifle regiment has grasped Chernyshevskaja still in 15.00 22/11/42.
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Radiogramm No 34
To whom: the Aquarium * It is accepted: 15.27 25/11
From radio station: the Bolt ** (47 GRD)
Has accepted: Devochkin
It is submitted: 25/11 14.03
to Sergeev ***, on northeast surburb Chernyshevskaja have rushed into up to 35 tanks and a big column of motor-infantry and motorcyclists I conduct fight on destruction of this group of the opponent.
dubov **** = ol'chov ***** =
Has accepted Signature 15.35
The chief of a staff 47 GRD
It is informed
NSCHA [[/i]an abbreviation - the chief of a staff of army - Yuri[/i]]
* - the Aquarium - signal radio station of a staff 5 Tank Army
** - the Bolt - signal radio station of a staff of 47-th Guards Rifle Division
*** - Sergeev – a conditional surname in radiogramms for the commander of 5-th Tank Army general-lieutenant Romanenko
**** - Dubov - a conditional surname in radiogramms for the commander of 47-th Guards Rifle Division guards general-major Fokanov
***** - Ol’chov - a conditional surname in radiogramms for the chief of a staff of 47-th Guards Rifle Division guards of colonel Golosko
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