The 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich was assigned to fight its way across the city of Kharkov and wheel south to attack the industrial sector in the southeast. Before the operation could commence the unit had to cross a large anti-tank ditch and create a bridgehead to conduct operations from. This task was assigned to Untersturmfuehrer Heinz Macher, CO of the Deutschland Regiment's 16th Pioneer Company. After receiving their orders, Macher's men rushed forward firing machine pistols and flinging hand grenades upon the enemy positions. As they crossed the anti-tank ditch, Macher's pioneers worked their way through one house after another.
Attacker: German (Assault group from the 16th Pioneer Company, Deutschland Regiment)
Defender: Russian (Infantry elements of the 2nd Guards tank Corps)