South of Borizov, two rifle divisions of
the 11th Guards Army forced crossings of the Berezina river against patchy
opposition. Further to the north the 29th Tank Corps had managed to
force the river at 5th Panzer Division positions. The 5th Guards Rifle
Division enveloped Borisov from either side, while the 3rd Guards Tank
Corps tried to break into the city directly across the main Berezina bridge.
A column of tanks of the 3rd Guards Tank Brigade, led by Lt. Pavel Rak,
forced its way across the main bridge, but as the column crossed, 5th
Panzer Division engineers blew it up. Rak's tank and one other got across,
but were trapped.
Attacker: Russian (Elements of the 3rd Guards Tank Brigade)
Defender: German (Elements of the 5th Panzer Division)