Late in the war, the Germans called for the formation of 2 Hungarian SS divisions. The Red Army’s winter offensive put a halt to the SS training being done at Neuhammer, Silesia. In early February, an emergency battle group was formed from the better-equipped formations at Neuhammer. The IInd Battalion was sent forward to the town of Strand on the Boher River to hold the Russians. However, the Soviets soon swarmed across the river all around Strand, isolating the defenders. The IVth Battalion was sent to rescue them, to pull their logs out of the fire. Scrapping together 2 halftracks, they fought down the Strand-Neuhammer highway. . .
Attacker: German (SS) (II and IV/63rd Waffen SS Regiment; IV/64th Waffen SS Regiment)
Defender: Russian (Elements of South Ukrainian Front)