The second battle of Courland had begun. The Russian 5th Guards Tank Army had committed more than 400 tanks along a narrow front. The German line ruptured, and though limited counterattacks brought passing success, the Soviets forced the German 30th Infantry Division back to the forested hills of Mikeli. In nearby Autz, the 21st Luftwaffe Division disintegrated. A complete breakthrough was narrowly averted. The battle resumed the next day, centered around individual farms, strong-points, and key crossroads. Every last man the Germans could round up were pitted against the Soviets. Men stalked enemy tanks on foot, armed only with panzerschrecks and anti-tank hollow charges. Along the Auderi-Asito-Bruvelini road, four Tiger tanks of the 510th Heavy Panzer Battalion fought a six-hour battle against elements of the 19th Tank Corps.
Attacker: Russian (19th Tank Corps)
Defender: German (6th Infantry Regiment, 31st Infantry Division and Schwere Panzer Abteilung 510)