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Czechoslovak military units in the USSR (1942 - 1945)
Main combat operations
Battle of Biela Cerkov
(31.12.1943 - 02.01.1944)


Command: to support the offensive attack in framework of the 1st Ukrainian front during the Zhitomir-berdichevsk's operation, to defeat German defense at Fastov and in cooperation with Soviet 27th army to check Biela Cerkov.

Place: Biela Cerkov (the Ukraine, USSR)
Date: 31.12.1943 - 02.01.1944
Czechoslovak unit: 1st Czechoslovak Independent Brigade
Allied forces: 8 tanks T-34 of Soviet 87th tank regiment, 169th rifle regiment (74th rifle division)
Enemy forces: German 4th tank army
in particular: [tba]
Info: Since 31.12. combats at the altitude of 208,4 (southwards of Biela Cerkev). At 04:00 on New year Czechoslovaks attacked alitude, which they captured at 06:30. Between 08:00 and 11:00 they beat off several enemy counter attacks. On 02.01. Czechoslovak artillery supported the Soviet attack and also the 1st tank company with submachine-gun units struck a battle from the northwest. The same day the brigade was sent to the reserve, so they did not participade in the final capture of Biela Cerkev on 04.01.
Czechoslovak casualties: 66 killed, 270 wounded, 75 missed
Enemy casualties: [uwc] Czechoslovak artillery destroyed 13 tanks, 2 self-propelled cannons and uknown number of soldiers. Tanks and infantry destroyed 2 tanks, 2 self-propelled cannons, 1 cannon battery, 15 vehicles, 10 machine-gun nests and killed at minimum 50 soldiers
Awards: 1st Czechoslovak Brigade was awarded by Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky (1st grade)


Abbreviations:
[uwc] = unknown whole casualties, [tba] = to be added.


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