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К декабрю 1942 Красная армия взяла 6-ю немецкую армию в кольцо под Сталинградом, отсекая все линии снабжения, кроме как через воздух. Стремясь уничтожить воздушный коридор, Советское командование решило начать рейд 24-го танкового корпуса по захвату аэродрома Тацинская, основной операционной базы снабжения.

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By the time that Tatsinskaya fell, the XXXXVIII Panzerkorps had dispatched the 11. Panzer-Division to an assembly area near Morozovskaya. Despite weeks of heavy fighting along the Chir River, General der Panzertruppen (General of Panzer Troops) Hermann Balck’s 11. PanzerDivision was still a formidable fighting force, with about 70 per cent of its personnel, 66 tanks (19 Pz II, 43 Pz III and 4 Pz IV) and 25 artillery pieces. Unlike Badanov’s tank corps, the 11. Panzer-Division was a balanced combined-arms force with its own artillery and sufficient fuel and ammunition The Raid to accomplish its missions.

V. 22), two Ju-88 bombers (from I/KG 51) and two Ju-88 reconnaissance planes (from 3(F)/10). A vast store of supplies was captured at the base and in the town, including 300 tons of aviation fuel, three warehouses full of food and five warehouses of ammunition. There were also stocks of bombs and aviation spare parts at the airfield. In addition, all the fuel trucks and engine warming trucks were lost, which would make it difficult for Fliegerkorps VIII to continue the airlift from other airfields.

At Skosyrskaya, the KradschützenBataillon re-occupied the town and emplaced a 75-mm PaK anti-tank gun covering the bridge. Many of the damaged Soviet tanks and other vehicles in the town were abandoned when Savchenko retreated. By Christmas Eve, both Balck and Badanov knew that the 24th Tank Corps was now isolated. Last Stand, 25–27 December 24 DECEMBER 1942 0915hrs Fiebig evacuated from Tatsinskaya 54 On Christmas day, Badanov moved his headquarters into some buildings on the northern edge of Tatsinskaya, where he was concentrating his defence.

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