The Germans again went with 2 * 75mm AT guns and a Panzer IV. The Russians shifted tactics slightly and went with more infantry using 1 * SU-76, 1 * T34-85, 1 * medium mortar, a scout squad and an engineering squad.
|Table from the Russian left - German bunker visible in the centre
|Table from the Russian right
The battle stared with the Russians deploying both tanks and a sizable infantry force in the fields to the right. Partly this was to ensure a rapid advance and partly it was to try and draw-out the Germans tanks and AT gun, so they would be vulnerable to the pre-programmed bombardment. This proved highly successful with the Russians making rapid progress through the fields and the German AT gun perishing in the bombardment - advantage Russia.
|Russian attack deploys
|Germans counter with their Panzer IV
|The Pak-40 succumbs to artillery fire
|Engineers open fire on the Germans
|Scouts with a maxim in support
|Panzer IV brews-up
|A desperate struggle
|Russians assemble for a second attack
|Soviets sweep through
|Russians clear the right flank
This write-up makes it sounds like a straight-forward victory for the Soviets but it was in fact a much more tense affair than that for several reasons:
- The Germans were unlucky with their AT fire and the Panzer IV could have easily done better. Had it survived the main Russian attack would have bogged-down rapidly.
- There was a key decision to fire on pinned Russian troops when going on over-watch may have been better to have a better chance of stopping a second team assaulting them.
- The scouts could have been ignored or at least blocked with a smaller force, freeing up troops for the flanks.
|T34-85 rumbles up the flank
|German commanders lament