Looking to finish off the 13th Guards Division, the Germans had opened with a huge assault on September 21st. Heavy attacks struck the Russian lines, from 9th January Square all the way south to the Tsaritsa River. The thrust along the Tsaritsa smashed through the Soviet 92nd Brigade, reaching the Volga, cutting off the remnants of the 42nd and 92nd Brigades. Soviet intelligence reports showed an alarming buildup of German forces in the Tsaritsa valley, including a large number of tanks. All indications were that the main blow would strike along the left flank of the 42nd Guards Regiment.
Attacker: German (Kampfgruppe Barnbeck, Infantrie Division 71 and StuG Abteilung 244)