By 0930 the Germans’ first objective, the north-south railroad embankment west of the factory, had been reached. The attack plan then called for a brief interlude to allow fresh troops of the second wave to come up and for continued bombardment of the next objective – the imposing halls of the factory itself. Meanwhile, the bloodied survivors of Guriev’s 39th Guards Rifle Division, tasked with defending those wrecked shops and workstations, dressed their wounds, all the while enduring unhealthy amounts of German high explosives. Suddenly, a few minutes past 1000, piercing whistles announced that the Wehrmacht troops were once again advancing – this time taking their second step.
Attacker: German (Infanterie-Regiment 212 and Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 244)
Defender: Russian (112th Guards Rifle Regiment, 39th Guards Rifle Division with 69th Anti-Tank Battalion and Factory Militia)