How the Germans were killed in June 1941
"At the command post of the 13th army, located four kilometers north of the town of Gorodok, dramatic events also unfolded. At 20 o'clock on June 25, one of the advanced units of the 20th Panzer Division of the Germans with armored infantry troops broke through to it.
I worked in the barn, where the operational department was located, when I heard a projectile rupture in the immediate vicinity and, looking out of the window, I saw a German T-4 tank literally three hundred meters away. Smoke was still rising from the hole in the barrel of his cannon, and the tent of the intelligence department, which was not far away, in the hollow, had already been demolished by a projectile.
The head of the department, Colonel P. M. Volokitin, was killed, and two of his subordinates were wounded. I jumped out and gave the command "To battle!". The commander of our small company of guards crawled closer to the tank and threw a bunch of grenades at its engine part.
All who were nearby, occupying the trenches, opened fire with machine guns and rifles at the enemy infantry. Fortunately, other enemy vehicles have fallen behind. We are with the brigade commissars P. S. Furt and P. I.Extreme detached part of the staff of the headquarters to help the company of protection. The head of the combat training department, Colonel G. A. Kurnosov, was appointed senior.
Meanwhile, the headquarters and the political department were hastily prepared for redeployment. And at the same time: the courier who had come running off from the commander, who together with A. V. Petrushevsky worked in the forester’s house, transmitted an order to immediately move the command post to the Volozhin area. When we literally heard the noise of the motors and the clang of the tracks of the enemy tanks, we led a convoy of 25 cars to the Town.
It seemed that they had already broken away from their pursuers, but in the area of this town they were again fired upon by a tank, apparently standing in ambush. They suffered losses again - this is how Lieutenant Colonel K. V. Lytvyn, the head of the organization committee, died. P. I. Kraynev, also at the tail of the column, survived miraculously.
In Gorodok, Major Shcherbakov joined us, returning from the front headquarters with a package. He said that Volozhin was already in the hands of the Germans. We decided to move on Rakov.
Near the village of Davgule, 12 kilometers south of Gorodok, we again faced the enemy, this time it was the motorcyclists, and we managed to disperse them, and one was captured.According to him, the avant-garde units of General Stumpf’s 20th Panzer Division had already penetrated into Rakov. We decided to bypass the Rakov from the south.
At 23 hours 20 minutes we approached the village Glushintsy, which is 10 kilometers south of Rakov. Suddenly a red rocket flew into the sky, and almost immediately in this village in three places flashes of flame flared up, heard machine guns and frequent rifle shots. Soon, half-dressed Germans running in a panic from the Glushintsy ran into our convoy, we met them with fire. Having stopped the convoy, I sent my adjutant lieutenant Maximov to this village.
He returned 25 minutes later and reported that the scouts of the 64th Infantry Division, in the action zone of which we were, found the German combat group stationed for the night, consisting of tanks, motor vehicles with motorized infantry and motorcyclists.
After waiting for the moment when everything was quiet in the village, the scouts broke into it on wedges and armored cars and threw enemy tanks and cars with bottles with gasoline. Having reversed, the Germans began to jump out of the houses, falling under the machine-gun and rifle fire of the scouts.
Half an hour later, the battle ended in the complete defeat of the German combatgroup, and the commander of the 73rd separate reconnaissance battalion, Major Ya. V. Chumakov, who had not yet cooled down from the fever of the battle, approached us on a motorcycle. He said that the command post of the 64th Infantry Division, which includes its division, is located 25 kilometers from here, in the village of Markovichi.
Without losing time, we went there under the safe guard of scouts. By inviting their brave commander into our car, P. S. Furth and I expressed warm approval of his bold and effective actions. “We’re just lucky,” the scout said modestly. - Today we once already arranged a bath for the Germans.
The major said that at about noon his battalion, consisting of armored and motorized rifle companies (5 tankettes and 3 armored vehicles), was sent by the division commander to the Radoshkovichi and Krasny regions in order to identify enemy forces and capture prisoners.
The advanced sentinel Chumakov, imperceptibly making their way into a dense grove four kilometers from the Radoshkovichi, heard loud laughter, lively conversation in German and a splash of water. Approaching, they found up to two dozen staff buses and cars. Here the soldiers pitched tents. Officers crowded around them, many of whom, after undressing, swam in the creek.
Major Chumakov ordered both companies to attack the German headquarters from various sides, making as much noise as possible. Among the Germans, panic began immediately. True, some people opened indiscriminate shooting, but the majority rushed scatter.
Everything was completed in half an hour: up to fifty Germans were killed, mostly officers, five were captured; found four bulky portfolios with important documents on buses; 15 cars were burned, the rest were stolen.
The divisional intelligence officer couldn’t say anything to our questions about General Filatov and his satellites. ”