On 26 January the breakout attempt of the now-encircled 4. Armee began. The main blow fell on Russian 53rd Rifle Corps of the 48th Army. Two Russian rifle divisions were enveloped and two more driven to the rear. The 131. Infanterie-Division supported by Jagdpanzer IVs and Jadgpanthers of Panzerjager-Abteilung 563 seized the village of Scharnigk after heavy fighting. During the next day the division would attack Liebstadt, heavily defended by Russian infantry and armor.
Attacker: German (131.Infanterie-Division and Panzerjager-Abteilung 563)