Battle of Sovkhoz «Red Star» (Sovkhoz 79)

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Re: Battle of Sovkhoz «Red Star» (Sovkhoz 79)

Post by Yuri » 19 Dec 2023 12:42

From KTB of Schüzt.Rgt.D./9.Lw.Flk-Div

8.12.42.
n the Donfront section near Suvorovskaya (Heilmann’s group) on the eastern bank of the Don river, there is a busy train traffic in the south direction.
In the Adam group area, the activity of enemy reconnaissance and strike detachments was insignificant. On the left flank, the enemy's further advance along the road is Blizh.Melnichny, Chir.
The Ehm's Lwkampfgrupp is firing at infantry positions, grenade launcher positions and batteries. The first attack of the 15 Il-2 on the Nizh.Chirskaya with bombs and airborne weapons.
Ehm’s group suffered losses in combat positions.
In the area of the 336.ID, the enemy attacks from the area east of State Farm Nr. 79 (Krassnaja Swesda) with about 40 tanks to the east against hill 156. The attack was repulsed with heavy losses for the enemy.
The 1. and 3./ Lw.schutzkomp. of the 9.Lw.Flak-Div (mot) are excellently involved in the success of the defense. Their own tank forces, moving east from height 165.6, smash enemy motorized columns coming from the north north of the state farm Krassnaya Swesda and, moving further east, connect with height 156.
The state farm Krassnaya Swesda is busy. The space to the east of the State Farm Krassnaya Swesda is still held by combat-ready enemy units blocking the connection from Verkhne-Solonovsky to a height of 156. Therefore, food and ammunition supplies cannot be delivered to the 1. and 3./Lw.Schützkomp. on this day.
An attempt to supply the Nizh.Solonovsky from Chirskaya also fails to be carried out, as the vehicles are forced to turn back due to enemy fire.
[This is the road that the 8th separate motorcycle Regiment entered on the night of December 8-9. The place that is marked on my "space" map with a yellow circle - Yuri].
I./5 reports the deployment of batteries. (Application)
Lt. Colonel Dorn takes over the leadership of Lw.Flakkampgruppe Ehm and Lw.Kampfgruppe Wetz. He joins the temporarily created headquarters (adjutant of Hptm.Skrobukha) to the XXXXVIII Pz.Korp., transferred from the Nizh.Chirskaya in Tormosin.
The efficiency of the headquarters of the 9th Flak-Div. (mot) in Tormosin is sensitively limited due to the total seizure of working premises and apartments by the XXXXVIII Pz.Korp.
Ib der Division (Hptm.Kaiser), der sich weigert, ohne Befehl seines Div.Kdrs. ein dringend benötigtes Haus, in welchem Abt.Ib und Flak-Gast untergebracht sind, abzugeben, wird im Dienstanzug zum kommandierenden General des XXXXVIII.Pz.Korps (General v. Knobelsdorf) befehlen, wegen seiner Weigerung in schärfster Form zur Rede gestellt und zur Räumung des betr.
The houses were forcibly released within 1 hour.
Divisional doctor Dr. Weiss, who arrived in the surrounded territory on December 4, 1942 to direct and monitor the medical service in subordinate troops, was seriously injured on December 7, 1942 during the return flight as a result of the crash of the He 111 aircraft.
The supply situation:
Oblt. Hanschmann reports on the loading and dispatch of anti-aircraft ammunition (Sprgr. and Pz.) Morozovskaya to the surrounded territory of A.O.K. 6
December 7, 1942:
19 160 2 cm
4,392 3,7 cm
726 5 cm
December 8, 1942:
13 120 2 cm
5,628 3.7 cm
474 5 cm
At the airfield, they are still ready to be sent by air:
11,500 2 cm
6,440 3,7 cm
558 5 cm
I./5 ordered to send back the units of column 2/VIII located there under the command of Lt. Rote and send a request for ammunition to the 9th Flak-Div (mot) in Tormosin. (Anlage)
Achievements: Ehm: 1 7,62 cm cannon destroyed
The 1. and 3./Lw.schützkomp. destroyed 7 tanks.
Losses:
a) personnel: 4./Lw.schw.Ja.Btl.I.: 5 wounded (1 remains in the detachment)
3./FAS: 4 wounded (1 remains in the detachment)
1 Missing person
Lei.91: 1 killed, 2 wounded (including Hptm.Ehm, remaining in the troops)
b) material: not yet known.
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Ib der Division (Hptm.Kaiser), der sich weigert, ohne Befehl seines Div.Kdrs. ein dringend benötigtes Haus, in welchem Abt.Ib und Flak-Gast untergebracht sind, abzugeben, wird im Dienstanzug zum kommandierenden General des XXXXVIII.Pz.Korps (General v. Knobelsdorf) befehlen, wegen seiner Weigerung in schärfster Form zur Rede gestellt und zur Räumung des betr.
The essence of the conflict between the two officers is described here. But I don't quite understand the essence of General Knobelsdorf's reaction. That's why I left the German text.
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Re: Battle of Sovkhoz «Red Star» (Sovkhoz 79)

Post by Yuri » 19 Dec 2023 13:10

This document highlights two aspects.
Firstly, the headquarters of the 336th Artillery regiment uses the name of the settlement Sysoykin as the State Farm Krassnaja Swesda =Red Star.
Secondly, there is an atmosphere of fear of punishment among the staff officers of the 336th ID for not following orders.

TsAMO RF (331-5041-24 p.205)
Protocol
Prisoner of war KOLYARCHIK ALFRED TOMASHOV
Surrendered in the Sulatsky area on 7.12.42
Corporal of the headquarters battery of the 336th ID.

He was born in 1914 in the town of GOSCHITSA in the city of OPAVA /Czechoslovakia/. He was drafted into the army in January 1942.
The PoW shows that the 336th ID arrived in May 1942 from France to Kharkov, where it fought with units of the Red Army. From KHARKOV, she was transferred to ROSSOSH, and after a few days to OSTROGORSK, where she was from August 20 to November 20, 42. In OSTROGORSK, the division was replenished with Dutch and French people.
On 6.12.42, the division came to this section of the front in the area of the State Farm Krassnaya Swesda [Red Star - Yuri].
The 336th ID consists of the 685th, 686th, 687th IRgts and the 336th Art.Rgt.
The division commander is General LUCHT.
The 336th Art.Rgt consists of 11 artillery batteries and 4 headquarters batteries. The 1st and 2nd batteries make up the 1st Art.Abt, the 3rd and 4th batteries make up the 2nd Art.Abt., the 5th and 6th make up the 3rd Art.Abt.
These batteries have 4 guns of 105 mm each.
The 9th, 10th and 11th batteries make up the 4th heavy Art.Abt.
For armament, which consists of 150 mm guns with 4 in each battery. The 7th and 8th artillery batteries consist of 8 6-barrel mortars /rocket cannon/
There were 11 guns left in the 4th Abteilung /1 gun exploded/.
The infantry regiments of the 336th ID have 3 battalions, each with four companies, as well as the 13th and 14th heavy weapons companies. Each company has from 75 to 120 people. Infantry companies are armed with rifles and 6 machine guns each. The machine gun companies /4th, 8th, 12th/ have 6 machine guns and 7 mortars each. The 13th and 14th companies each have 4 anti-tank guns and heavy mortars. 686th, 685th I.Rgts, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Abteilungs and 7th, 8th Art.Batrs of the 336th Art.Rgt. arrived in the area of the State Farm Krassnaya Swesda. The 685th IR and the 1st Abteilung of the Art.Rgt remained in Ostrogorsk, which will soon be replaced by Italian units. After the arrival of the Italian units in Ostrogorsk, the remaining abteilung and the 385.I.Rgt. will arrive at the same section of the front. The division arrived with the task: to advance and drive back the Russians.
The PoW saw 2 heavy and 5 medium German tanks in the area. Southwest of Morozovskaya there is a large airfield, where up to 300 aircraft of various types are based. There is a large gasoline warehouse near the northeastern outskirts of Morozovskaya. The state farm Krassnaya Swesda is guarded by 4 anti-aircraft guns. The headquarters of the 336th ID is located NIZH. SOLONOVSKY.
The PoW heard from officers and soldiers that 7 days ago in NIZH.SOLONOVSKY was HITLER, and now he is on this front. 2-3 days ago, HITLER, somewhere here, shot several officers for handing over the CHIR station and there for 4 billion brands of food.
Lieutenant /YURCHUK/
8.12.42

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Re: Battle of Sovkhoz «Red Star» (Sovkhoz 79)

Post by FORBIN Yves » 26 Dec 2023 15:47

It is a old style ID powerful with IRs of 3 Bns normaly this iD have 15000 mens but in 1942 only those rattached to the AGS are fully recompleted after winterwith this dotation.

Others IDs with AGN and AGC have only 6 Bns in 2 or 3 IRs plus one Fusillier Bn constitued with the 3 Bns dissolved.

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