Substantiation of number of the Germans who have arrived at the end of November in structure of divisions XVII AK (62 and 294 ID) on a boundary of the rivers the Krivaja (Curve) and Chir in region Bokovskaja.
(File 24, S. 176)
Regular, battle and numerical structure of a German and Romanian divisions /infantry/
1. Human structure - 14.742
2. Rifles, carbines - 7.400
3. Pistols – 2.877
4. Pistols - machine guns - 705
5. Manual machine guns - 454
6. Heavy machine guns - 112
7. Anti-tank rifles - 90
8. Mortars of 50 and 81 mm - 141
9. 37 mm of guns - 75
10. Artillery pieces and howitzers - 74
1. Staff - 17.715
2. Rifles - 13.833
3. Revolvers – 2.979
4. Manual machine guns - 384
5. Heavy machine guns - 188
6. Mortars - 60 mm - 54
7. Mortars of 81,4 mm - 18
8. Anti-tank guns of 37 mm - 18
9. - " - 47 mm - 36
10. Easy guns - 48
11. Easy howitzers - 24
The note: the Data on the organization both battle and numerical structure Italian ID I have no.
THE CHIEF OF THE INTELLIGENCE SECTION 5 TA
The major / FOMIN/
27/11/1942 near settlement Dulinskij (2 kms to the east Bokovskaja) scouts 5 TA have killed the German officer from which corpse documents of an army headquarters 515 IR 294 ID have been taken away. Among these documents of the sheet with the data on level of equipment of infantry battalions as of November, 5 and the sheet distribution of staff to November, 21.
From documents follows, that as of November, 5, 1942 infantry companies and battalions have been made up more than on 2/3 from TO&E.
For example, level of equipment of soldiers and corporals in 3/515 IR 294 ID for November, 5 are characterized by the following figures:
(Source: file 24, s. 141)
Corporals - 42 persons
The soldier - 364 person
Shortage - 184 persons
Simple calculation gives the following figures on soldiers and corporals.
TO&E = 590 person
Actual force = 406 person
Shortage = 184 persons or 31,2 % from TO&E.
Calculation of the data on 294 ID.
TO&E = 14,742
Shortage from TO&E 31,2 % = 4,598
Actual force on 5/11/1942 = 10,144
From documents for later dates it is visible, that expected updating has not arrived in 294 ID down to 21/11/1942 years.
For later period of data on level of equipment of battalions is not present.
The division has entered battle on November, 26, 1942 in region Bokovskaja.
Soldiers from 294 ID taken in a captivity gave data that the division has received updating some days prior to entry into combat., for example, that has shown captured to the north Kruzhnoj, ASMAN BERGORD - sergeant-major the same 515 IR 294 ID.
(file 24, s. 152 revers)
«515th regiment now with its full complement, is a little days back received updating. In each company there are 2 mortars - calibre of 50-80 mm. In a division there are heavy 100 and 150 mm of a gun ».
As follows from indications captured, in region Bokovskaja the Germans who have arrived on updating went as and to the Romanian infantry divisions. Each Romanian company included one platoon of Germans. It was done for increase in resistance of the Romanian subdivisions.
So, for example, together with German 294 ID in approach to Perelazovskij since a boundary of the river the Curve participated Romanian 7 ID in which were available German a platoon.
(file 24 s. 152 revers)
POW the Romanian soldier grasped 27/11/42 in ASTAKHOV (to the north Bokovskaja - Yuri), has shown: belongs to a prospecting battalion 7 ID /rum/. The division will consist from 14, 16, 37 IR and 51 AR.
18-19/11/1942 it has been it has been taken off from defense /RYBNYJ - SREDNIJ GROMOV/ and it is removed in a reserve.
23/11/1942 has replenished with Germans at the rate of a platoon on a company the Romanian and 26/11 it has been thrown in battle.
This implies, that to region Bokovskaja there has arrived for updating such amount of Germans which has sufficed not only for filling vacancies in 294 ID, but also there was yet not less than 1000 person which have used for strengthening resistance Romanian 7 ID.
In a division of 42 companies (3 regiments on 14 companies). A platoon from 25 up to 40 person. Total we have 25 x 42 > 1000 Germans in the Romanian division.
Proceeding from the aforesaid, it is necessary to recognize, that on a boundary of the rivers Chirs and the Curve at the end of November, 1942 has arrived in structure of XVII AK (62 and 294 ID) not less (I emphasize once again, not less) than 20,0 thousand Germans.
If to accept (and it it is lawful), that by analogy with 7 ID other Romanian divisions became stronger also the general number of Germans arrived in structure of XVII AK was not less than 25,0 thousand.
Already by the end of November German divisions XVII AK had serious losses.
So under indications captured from 174 IR, 185 IR, 190 IR and 162 AR 62 ID the heaviest losses to 29/11/1942 had 190 IR 62 ID - within several days of intensive battles this regiment has lost on the river Krivaja (Curve) up to 50 % of staff. (file 24. s. 143).
Taking into account the amendment that POWs losses in units are inclined to exaggerate, we receive a situation with number of Germans on a site XVII AK which has specified earlier - 20,0 thousand.