Battle of Palzig (1759)

Background At the end of April 1759, a large Russian army (about 70,000 men) started its advance on Brandenburg. Dohna, the commander of the small Prussian army (18,000) in this area, was very slow to react. At the beginning of June, the Russian army, now under general Piotr Semionovitch Saltykov, had managed to concentrate at Read More…

Third Battle of the Chir River (Dec 1942)

Background On 10 December, the Fourth Panzer Army had begun its drive to relieve the Sixth Army at Stalingrad. Despite being heavily engaged along the Chir, the XLVIII Panzer Korps had the mission to link up with and support the Fourth Panzer Army. To do so, the XLVIII Panzer Korps had to cross the Don. Read More…

Second Battle of the Chir River (Dec 1942)

Background From 9-11 December,  the 11th Panzer Division fought a series of running battles, successively eliminating Soviet bridgeheads across the Chir. The division continually marched at night, fighting during the day, using speed, surprise and shock actions. Balck issued only verbal orders to his regimental commanders, either by radio or face to face, and continually Read More…

Battle for State Farm 79 (Dec 1942)

Background The Chir River is a tributary of the Don. Near their confluence the Chir River battles occurred in December of 1942. Generaloberst Friedrich Paulus’s Sixth Army, at Stalingrad, only 25 miles east of the closest German forces along the Chir River, had been pinched off from the rest of the German forces. Seven Soviet Read More…