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They were also attacking at Ternowaja, where the companies of Major Pape’s motorcycle infantry battalion were just arriving in the face of bitter cold. The Soviets had broken into the positions of the infantry division with their strong forces and were advancing from the north to the south along the west bank of the Donez. Effective 12 March, Infanterie-Regiment 429 (of the 168. Infanterie-Division) was attached to Breith’s forces, but only the 3rd Battalion was immediately available. The battalion was brought forward to Fedorowka to pass the withdrawing forces of the Saxon infantry division through the lines.
Oberst Munzel, who was still employed in infantry operations at Iwanowka, had to turn over his command to Hauptmann von Prittwitz. He returned to Orel and made arrangements for the return of the elements of his regiment that were still in outposts around the city. They started moving toward Kharkov on 10 March, in some cases in horse-drawn transport. All tanks and vehicles in need of repair were loaded on trains at Kursk, to be sent to Prague for repair. On 11 March, the division received orders from the field army to assume command of the sector manned by the 294.
The commander in chief replied that he would personally ensure that the 3. Panzer-Division received new tanks and that the 23. Panzer-Division, recently activated in France, would most likely arrive soon. Both of the general officers then rode to the front and received reports in Wesseloje from Major Ziervogel, whose reconnaissance battalion had been in action there since 18 March, and in Ternowaja from Oberst Friebe and Oberst Gruner. Elements of the 294. Infanterie-Division, as well as Kampfgruppe de Beaulieu, continued to have to repel enemy attacks.
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