The German Blitzkrieg was still in full swing and Heinz Guderianís Second Panzer Groupís spearheads had crossed the Berezina at Bobruysk and Borisov and were now making for the Dnieper. Fortune favours the bold, and Guderian or Fast Heinz, as he was known as, wanted to cross the Dnieper. Guderianís advanced detachments discovered the Russians had fortified and were strongly holding the principal Dnieper crossings at Rogachev, Mogilev, and Orsha. However, reconnaissance also discovered soft spots at Staryy Bykhov, Shklov and Kopys. At Staryy Bykhov, the 2nd Company, Motorcycle Battalion 34 supported by light tanks under the command of Captain Rode, in a daring move forced a crossing across the wooden bridge, fought off a counter-attack by Russian tanks and in this way, covered the first bridgehead across the Dneiper.
Attacker: German (Elements of the 4th Panzer Division)
Defender: Russian (Elements of the Soviet 4th Army)