Scheme 1 "Attack"A. Attack
Objective: Attack the fortified positions at Glowaczow with the entire Panzer-Regiment and Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment concentrated, take the position and break through the north side of Lezenice.
Battle Plan: At 1900 hours, the Panther-Abteilung is to head east from Lipa advancing up to the road from Glowaczow to Barka, than turn south. The strong right wing is to attack toward the Glowaczow church, while the left wing screening toward the north, is to attack the southwest side of Lezenice. At the same time, the Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment along with the II.Abteilung/Panzer-Regiment 27 are to strike north-east and take Glowaczow and Lezenice.
Execution: The Panther-Abteilung started east at 1900 hours, supported by heavy covering fire from our own artillery, broke through the enemy main battle line, which was reinforced with numerous anti-tank guns and crossed the road in a quick thrust.
At 1920 hours, the Panther-Abteilung turned southeast. Simultaneously, a heavy artillery barrage started, followed by an enemy tank attack in the depth of the Panther-Abteilung’s flank. Under the protection of one Panther-Kompanie, which was employed for screening and forced the enemy tanks to turn away, the Panther-Abteilung continued to strike toward Glowaczow and Lezenice.
Toward 2000 hours, as the attack was effectively delivered on the heavily occupied northwest side of the village, the Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment and the II.Abteilung/Panzer-Regiment 27, which were already located on the southwest edge of Gloweczow, started to attack. The heavy clouds of dust and smoke as well as the failing night made it impossible to carry out a quick action and forced a tough and stubborn advance against the strongly occupied village of Glowaczow,
Glowaczow was in our hands at 2130, with the exception of the high ground around the church. After destroying the remaining enemy, the units reached the north edge of Glowaczow at 2330 hours. After a break to reorganize the units, the attack on Lezenice was initiated at 0045 hours. Part of the Panther-Abteilung supported this attack by firing on the northwest edge of the village. Simultaneously, the Panther-Abteilung started an envelopment to the left toward the northeast side of Lezenice. In spite of bitter enemy resistance, Lezenice was also taken. Shortly after 0400 hours the units reached the northeast side of Lezenice. While the Panther-Abteilung was pulled back into the village of Lipa, the II.Abteilung/Panzer-Regiment 27 and Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment built the newly ordered main battle line
Based on the increasing preparatory artillery fire, a strong enemy attack was expected the next day. The Panther-Abteilung was ready in the village of Lipa, while the II.Abteilung/Panzer-Regiment 27 was in defensive positions on the north edge of Lezenice. About 1400 hours, artillery preparation barrages started and the enemy started to attack from both sides of Rogozek. The Panther-Abteilung promptly drove east and took ip scouted positions on both sides of the road facing southeast. The enemy attacked the north-east side of Lezenice with a strong infantry and tank force, to the right toward the Glowaczow church with a strong tank wedge, and to the left through Point 115 and the southwest side of Lezenice with a weaker assault wedge.
The left-hand enemy assault group, after bypassing our own right wing, struck toward Point 115 and were totally destroyed in short order by an awaiting group of Panzers. At the last moment, this prevented the enemy from rolling up our own positions from the right wing, and all of the forces located in Lezenice could concentrate their fire on the main enemy forces attacking from the northeast. On spite of very heavy losses, the enemy managed to get into the village. However, he lose striking power because the tank unit advancing from the north toward the Glowaczow church ran into the flanking fire from the Panther-Abteilung.
After 15 enemy tanks were destroyed the entire attack on the village was halted. An enemy group of infantry and tanks that were striking toward Lezenice were defeated by Panthers that were being repaired. Two additional enemy tanks were knocked out. The rest of the enemy tanks fled and pulled back into wooded lots northeast of Rogozek.
About 1530 hours, the enemy tank attack was completely defeated and two hours later the Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment and part of the II.Abteilung/Panzer-Regiment 27 started to counterattack and cleaned out the enemy that had penetrated into the northeast side of Lezenice.
Results: 42 tanks, of which three were Josef Stalin heavy tanks, 38 guns, and uncounted light and heavy infantry weapons were destroyed in this battle. In addition the enemy lost about 1000 men killed.
Scheme 2 "Defense"
What I'm interesting in is reconstructing this episode from the Soviet side.