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On the 10th and 11th of January enemy artillery begins a continuous shelling of our positions. The way the fire was directed leaves us in no doubt that the enemy is adjusting his guns. Soviet ground and aerial reconnaissance begins to increase. Never before have we experienced such a violent and tremendous fire.

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The enemy targets our main line of resistance, communication trenches, supply roads and barracks in the rear. It is obvious that his reconnaissance had done a good job. All ground-return telephone circuits are destroyed. This in turn forces us to rely on radio communication during the battle. In the meantime brisk movement can be observed in the enemy trenches.

All the time our own artillery and infantry guns are laying down barrage and destructive fire onto discerned enemy movements and assembly areas with good results. At h the enemy, supported by 20 tanks, opens the assault on our regiments positions. The remaining 8 start to attack the seam between I. These attacks are carried forward without any infantry support. Shortly before reaching our trenches the enemy tanks turn north, driving parallel to them while keeping up a continuous, suppressive fire.

It is obvious that they had been ordered to keep our heads down to allow their infantry to close in. At h waves of soviet infantry start to attack. Only the first wave is wearing white winter camouflage. Gaitolowo and the regiments left wing are attacked by another six tanks, this time mounted by infantry. The strength of the soviet infantry in the first waves is an estimated men. All in all about men participate in the first attack.

During the assault the enemy stops shelling our frontal positions, but continues to pound our rearward areas. As soon as the enemy infantry attacks our men start a brisk defensive fire with all available weapons which, coupled with our own artillery fire, tears huge gaps into the waves of soviet infantry. On the right wing, where some of our machine gun positions and foxholes have been destroyed by artillery fire, the enemy manages to force a small breakthrough. The point of breakthrough is at once sealed and the soviet infantry annihilated by a reserve group of 1st Coy.

By h this section of the line is firmly back in our hands. In front of I. The reminder turns north towards II. In front of II. Batallion the enemy assault has been stopped aswell. The 12 tanks attacking II. Batallion have been forced to retreat. We manage to separate the tanks from their accompanying infantry which is destroyed soon afterwards. Two of the tanks are destroyed by an AT gun of our right neighbour. Two others in close combat. Others are taken out by artillery fire and mines.

All in all 12 enemy tanks lie immobilized in front of our left wing. The crews bailing out of their vehicles are annihilated. The remains of the soviet infantry pluck up the courage to follow and get destroyed in the process. The tanks now open a concentric fire on the pickets in front of the left wing, which at once fall back towards the main line of defence.

The enemy keeps on feeding reinforcements into his attacks on the regiment. All are repelled. Batallion gets reinforced by the regimental pioneer platoon. At h the regiment gets attacked by enemy ground attack aircraft with cannon and bombs, without taking serious losses. By sunset the enemy artillery barrage gets weaker and soon afterwards turns into lighter harassing fire.

At h the enemy starts to send out small groups of up to 15 soldiers to probe our defences. All are spotted and destroyed. By h it has become quiet again. Now and then the enemy artillery continues to harass our positions. Three enemy tanks hiding with them retreat towards the russian positions but get immobilized by mines.

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After clearing the forest our pickets return to their old positions. Twenty destroyed and immobilized tanks are standing in front of the regiments trenches. Four of them are still manned and keep on firing sporadically. During the night the enemy continues to harass our positions with sporadic artillery fire.

At h an enemy probing attack in strength of about 30 men is repelled. At h enemy artillery fire increases to a tremendous level which reaches its peak at about h. At the company on the far right gets attacked by five waves of enemy infantry. The attack breaks down in our defensive fire before even reaching the wire-entanglements.

At h soviet infantry, supported by two tanks attack the regiments left-wing and centre. The tanks get immobilized by artillery fire. The enemy infantry gets stopped about meters in front of our trenches. Apparently the enemy is shifting his forces to attack our left hand neighbour Grenadier-Regiment At h enemy artillery activity gets weaker. Enemy attempts to recover damaged tanks from the battlefield get thwarted by our artillery.

The whole day the enemy kept attacking us with ground attack aircraft. The enemy again suffered terrible losses, including two tanks. At h enemy soldiers work their way towards the defences on our right. A few man even manage to reach our wire-entanglements. After loosing about 25 men killed the soviets retreat back towards their lines. At h, after a short but massive artillery strike, the regimental lines get attacked by about soviet soldiers supported by 12 tanks.

After a bitter fight the enemy attack is stalled in front of our wire-entanglements. The enemy suffers brutal losses. The tanks retreat back towards the soviet lines. One hits a mine and starts burning. Only minutes afterwards our right-wing gets attacked by another men. Again we repel everything the russian throws against us.

The left-wing gets attacked by strong soviet forces, efficiently supported by tanks. Our left-wing pickets retreat towards our main line of defence. One anti-tank gun of 14th Coy. The enemy infantry attack disintegrates soon afterwards. Another attack by soviet soldiers collapses in our own artillery fire before having the time to develop. The soviets take severe losses. Without using cover they cross the flat ground in front of our positions, walking straight into our defensive fire. Attacks by smaller formations of about men follow at h, h and h.

Again they meet with no success.

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Retreating russian soldiers get taken down by well-aimed fire. By the end of the third day of fighting the all positions are firmly in our hand. Due to the courage of each of the regiments officers, NCOs and men the regiment fulfilled its duty to defend with great success. The enemy lost 31 tanks in front of our regiment.

After three hours waves of enemy infantry, supported by tanks began to advance. Defensive fire of our heavy guns and infantry weapons broke the attacking infantry, but the tanks continued to advance reluctantly. All were destroyed or immobilized by medium and heavy AT guns and in close combat in front of, in and behind our main line of defence. During the following days the attacks continued to be carried forward in the same style. The momentum of the enemy infantry assaults slackening with each attack.

Enemy armour fought without cohesion. Obviously they missed their supporting infantry. Soviet tank crews taken prisoner reported that all tanks had been operating without radio which explains why 15 enemy tanks attacked a single company. It was impossible for them to deliver a coherent attack.


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After entering combat individual tanks fought courageously, effectively targeting our advanced saps, pickets, weapon emplacements and trenches with well-aimed, effective fire and inflicting serious losses. Even the crews of immobilized tanks continued to defend themselves from inside and outside their vehicles.

During the defensive battle the regiment repelled all attacks directed at it by the soviet 73rd Naval Brigade and a reinforced tank batallion. The enemy lost over dead. Soviet prisoners reported that the soviet tank batallion had been nearly wiped out. Fusilier-Regiment 22 and 1. During the war the regiment published its own newspaper It was published every months giving information on what the regiment had experienced and it also kept track of the whereabouts of former officers and NCOs of the regiment.

It was given to active and former soldiers of the regiment and the families of soldiers killed in action. In one of the editions Oberst Iffland wrote another account of the battle:. Some days were quiet and uneventful, others saw grim fighting and hard work in snow, ice and meltwater. Warfare on this front has its own face, the open landscape stretches for miles as far as the eye can see.

Our own snipers repay in kind. The war here reminds us of the last great war in the trenches of the western front. On the 3rd of January we can observe unusual movements on the soviet side. Columns of lorries and tanks. Up to the 9th of January enemy intentions stay unclear. On the 10th and 11th enemy artillery activity increases. The Soviet is adjusting his guns. On the 11th the enemy leads a probing attack against the centre of our lines and enemy artillery fire increases further. In the night we hear the sound of engines, drunk yelling and singing on the enemy side and suddenly at midnight it gets quiet.

Not a sound can be heard. We know enough and the regiment is set on alert. Everywhere we check and clean our weapons, ammunition and handgrenades are brought forward and the AT units get briefed and shifted. It is going to start soon. At h we recieve a radio message from Grenadier-Regiment 1.

Enemy deserters have reported that the enemy is about to attack us in force. At h we get hit by the most intense artillery fire we had experienced so far. Artillery, mortars, tanks, infantry guns and rocket launchers begin to pound our main line of defence, our rearward lines of communication and supply roads. Only minutes afterwards all communication circuits are destroyed. We have to rely on radio communication. At h waves of soviet infantry begin to attack our trenches. Our own artillery stops them dead in their tracks, but some russians have already underrun their field of fire. We start to annihilate them with rifles, machine guns and handgrenades.

While Hauptmann Penkwitt, who is commanding I. AT guns positioned on the main line of defence and in the depth behind it soon destroy nine of the tanks, two more are destroyed by Fusiliers in close combat. The men of II. Batallion, led by Major Reich, are fighting like lions, undeterred by the tanks they destroy the enemy infantry. Two Fusiliers manning a machine gun get overrun by an enemy tank. They let it pass over their foxhole and continue to fire at the advancing infantry, ignoring the tank completely.

All the time enemy artillery and ground attack planes punish our lines. But the fight has already been decided. At h the attack has been repelled. The soviets leaving hundreds of their men and 11 tanks on the field…. Only small groups of the attacking naval infantry manage to retreat to their dirty trenches. Our Fusiliers never lost their iron courage and superiority, sending the soviet soldiers and their assault formations straight into hell. We lost many a loyal brother in arms, but their sacrifice was not in vain…. The attacks continue to the 20th of January when the enemy shifts his attention to our neighbouring divisions in the north.

May the enemy continue to assault us and our sister regiments as he likes, the east-prussian fusiliers and grenadiers will stand their ground…Here we stand and here we hold! Thanks for updating this site.

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I have found many things that have helped me find where my Grand father was killed. January 13 Workman Village 5 north of Sinyavino. He was with the Pioneer Relief 24 posted there October Fritz Max Reichel. I will be in Germany this year to talk to my uncle, so if you have any more info it would be appreciated.

Unfortunately I only know that his posting was to Pioneer Relief Troop 24, Workman Station 5 This is all the information that my mother can find. He was pronounced dead during the second battle of Lake Ladoga. Possibly January His remains have not been found. My grandmother had destroyed all documents years after.

My mother only has one copy of a letter he sent her uncle. He describes what conditions were when he arrived. All the trees are stumps. You may have found also that it is difficult to read old German hand writing.