The Russians were being forced back to the Dneiper River by the German infantry divisions thrusting from the west and south. A Russian battalion, forming part of an infantry brigade, received orders to dig-in south of a heavily forested crossroad leading to Kanev and to hold out to the last man. The German 169th Infantry Regiment of the 68th Division, moving from the south, was to capture that crossroad and establish contact with German forces driving towards the Dneiper from the west. In organizing their defenses, the Russians set up two lines of combat outposts - one each on two parallel ridges south of the crossroads.
Attacker: German (Advance Guard of the 1st Bn., 169th Inf. Rgt., 68th Infantry Division)