On this day December 7th and 8th 1942, the battle of Sowchos 79 was fought in World War 2.
Following the encirclement of the Sixth Army at Stalingrad, the Germans planned to launch the relief effort from the bridgehead at Nizhna Chirskaya, 25 miles from the nearest troops of the Sixth Army at Marinowka. The Chir River was to provide the left flank for the operation, and consequently had to be held. Attempting to foil the German relief effort, elements of the Russian Fifth Tank Army attacked across the Chir and forced its way past the left flank of the defending 336th Infantry division, and on to Sowchos 79, a collective farm deep in the German rear. General Balck’s 11th “Ghost” Panzer Division, just arriving in the area from Rostov to take part in the relief of Stalingrad, was detoured to attack Sowchos 79 and restore the situation.
Balck’s 15th Panzer Regiment with 25 armored fighting vehicles, followed by the 11th Panzer Grenadier Regiment, drove from the hights west and north of Sowchos into the rear of the Russians positions, destorying a motorized infantry column in the process. Turning south, the panzers surprised the Russian armor, which was at that instant moving to attack the 336th Infanrty from the rear. Simultaneously, Balck’s 110th Grenadier’s attacked the farm from the southwest, while the divisional artillery of the 336th hammered the northeastern flank. By the end of the day, 53 Russian tanks were destoryed, Sowchos 79 was in German hands, and the Russian First Armored Corps was in retreat; but the Ghost Division had been lost to the planned relief of Stalingrad.
The sacrifice of the Russian First Armored Corps at Sowchos 79 in delaying the relief of the Sixth Army Group at Stalingrad was a pivotal point in turning the tide against the Germans on the Eastern front. Although it a seemingly German victory that day, the battle was the death knell of the Sixth Army, and the beginning of the collapse of the Eastern Front. The Russian juggernaut would not be stopped until Berlin.
I’m on a float. Xmas parade in the rain today.
My boss had a combat box of bread sent to my house for xmas. I don’t know how I am going to use 25 various English muffins but I used some of them to make mini pizza for dinner. The best were the arugula and goat cheese.
Veg burritos bout to happen.
You’re a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made from stardust. What do you have to be afraid of?
Creamy polenta and zinfandel roasted vegetables.
Spinach fettuccini and homemade bruschetta.
Hard to believe the year is almost over, where did the time go?
Homemade caprese sandwich.
New Thanksgiving Tradition? I really hope not.
WTF? The neighbors have a D.J. in the backyard with Tejano music blaring at distorted levels through his crappy equipment and there is a random tequila scream every few minutes. Don’t these assholes realize this is a quiet family holiday that people celebrate by gathering around a table of food and eating glutinous amounts and working on getting type 2 diabetes? The D.J. thing every other week is getting really annoying, rent a hall if you have so many people coming over that you need port a johns in your front yard you assholes. Other people live in this neighborhood, it’s not like it’s your own personal rave or fiesta auditorium, it’s a housing tract you dickheads. C’mon zombie apocalypse, the weak and stupid die first. Rant over.
Off to brunch at a fancy country club.