On 26 September, Lt. Anton Dragan and five other wounded survivors dug their way out of the rubbled strongpoint which German assault guns had collapsed. Emerging into darkness, Dragan sent his orderly Hozhushko out to scout the area. He returned later, reporting they were surrounded, with many enemy patrols about. The first attempt to escape ran across a patrol with tommygunners. Just managing to elude them, the Russians returned and waited for the clouds to obscure the moonlight to cover their escape.