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The final detachments of 2d Battalion of the Panzergrenadier Regiment, sponsored through the 88mm gun and a few Volkssturm devices, have been nonetheless preserving Reppen whereas the most of the battlegroup, now divided into separate our bodies, used to be making determined efforts to damage freed from the refugees and succeed in the line among Kunersdorf and Neu Bischofsee. the click of civilianvehicles made this most unlikely. to wreck loose from the Russian forces now virtually encircling his Kampf gruppe, Langkeit first directed that the thrust line will be south-westerly, yet realised there can be absolute confidence of an increase in the direction of Sternberg. Accord ingly, 1st Panzergrenadier Battalion, sponsored by means of 88mm weapons and different artillery guns, moved again in the direction of Reppen to enhance second Battalion, which used to be maintaining it. the first Battalion had had a nightmare trip attempting to movement alongside the Reppen street, for this, too, was once blocked via slow-moving columns of refugees who panicked each time Soviet heavy tanks opened hearth on them. so as to add to the fraught scenario, Russian armoured columns minimize the line at some degree a few dis tance in the back of the sphere the place Langkeit's panzergrenadiers have been keeping out. thus the battiegroup which were positioned into motion to ruin one encirclement used to be now itself surrounded and bring to a halt in one other encirclement. It was once additionally dangerously break up up. The 2d Panzergrenadier Battalion used to be retaining Reppen, the first Battalion was once relocating in the direction of that position, and the heavy automobiles and panzers of the most physique have been at Neu Bischofsee, attempting to struggle freed from the refugee columns so one can interact the enemy armour. Langkeit shaped his final panzers into columns, meaning to lead them in a cost which might holiday the Soviet ring. He introduced the assault however it didn't be triumphant. certainly, it may possibly now not prevail simply because just a couple of panzers have been capable of set up off the line and succeed in open state. the remaining, trapped between civilian carts, grew to become the objective of Soviet infantry and tank gunfire com ing from either north and south of the line. The rain of missiles smashed down upon the click of carts and other people. Then a couple of extra panzers controlled to strength a fashion throughout the civilian mob, went into motion and charged the enemy street blocks, yet those determined, susceptible assaults died within the targeted fireplace of the Soviet tank weapons. again in Reppen, the panzergrenadiers of second Battalion, squatting of their slit trenches, patiently persevered airassaults and heavy barrages from either mortars sixty seven 'GROSSDEUTSCHLAND'S panzer commander and tank weapons. the homes within the city have been quickly in ruins. The Russian comman der, might be believing that the German troops have been now lifeless, wounded or demoralised, ordered his tanks and infantry to move in and mop up the survivors. That deadly order eventually gave the boys of the second Battalion the opportunity to certain revenge for the punishment they'd suffered. Ten machines out of a wave of T 34s have been shot to items by way of the 88s, and a purple military infantry battalion which got here in opposed to No. 6 Panzergrenadier corporation used to be burnt up virtually to a guy.