Operative report for January 27, 1944.
During January 27 to the west, south-west and south of Gatchina, our troops, continuing to develop the offensive, occupied the city and the VOLOSOVO railway station, as well as more than 40 other settlements.
The offensive of Soviet tanks to Volosovo.
The Battle in Gubanitsy. January 26, 1944
In January 1944, Soviet troops launched an offensive operation to release Leningrad from the enemy blockade.
The 2nd Shock Army was attacking Volosovo.
On January 26, the tank brigade commanded by Colonel Khrustitsky took Torosova and was preparing to attack Volosovo.
The German troops retreated in an orderly manner and left behind the rearguard.
The Dutch Volunteer Division of Nordland retreated.
The anti-tank company under the command of obersturmfuhrer Langendorf took a position in the village of Gubanitsy.
Colonel Khrustitsky sent a tank company under the command of Senior Lieutenant Sobinin, bypassing Gubanitsy. Himself leads the attack on the mainstream.
The result of the battle was the burning of 43 Soviet tanks, 16 tanks returned to their old positions. The brigade commander Vladislav Khrustitsky was killed.
The German part withdrew from the battle without losses.
After that, the division of Nordland retreats to Estonia, at the previously prepared fortified Panther Line.
|The commander of the 30th separate Guards Tank Brigade Colonel Vladislav Khrustitsky. Ethnic Pole.||Today we walk along this square, under the walls of these houses, without thinking ...||Tanks on the march|
|On approach to positions||Tanks T-60. And such were in the brigade||T-34 Preparation for battle|
|The snowless winter of the 44th||Only that it was life||After the explosion of ammunition|
|Rear-guard. To the death, with the order to stop the tanks||Survey of the situation||Kanonenwagen fighting vehicle. Preparing to repel an attack|
Anti-tank gun PAK-40 Guidance
|Fire!||At this time, the army is retreating|
|After battle. To his army.||Four months after the events. Narva fortification. Rewarding of knightly crosses. Third on the left Obersturmfuhrer (senior lieutenant) Langendorf. 23 years old.
On the battle machine the sign of the Nordland division
This machine was burning tanks in Gubanitsy
|Georg Langendorf with his part later fought near Narva, Riga, was surrounded in Courland, evacuated by sea to Pomerania, participated in heavy fighting at Danzig and Stettin, in the battles for Berlin. He was wounded on April 19, 1945. Survived the war. He died in 1999. Ethnic Dutchman.|
Before the attack. Still alive.
Source - Herbert Poller's book "Geschichte der AA11"