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As the German 9th Armys XXIII Corps' 78th and 216th Infantry Divisions launched a diversionary attack along the eastern flank, at 0530 hours both the XLI and XLVII Panzer Corps moved forward with the main attack in the Podolyan-Alexandrovka sectors of the northem salient. Of the three panzer and five infantry divisions in the initial wave, the 20th Panzer Division anchored the XLVII Panzer Corps' northwest sector. The Soviet defenses facing it were secured by the 15th Rifle Division along With attached units from the 13th Army. Supported by devastating artillery barrages and aircraft, the 20th Panzer Division broke through the 15th Infantry Division's forward defenses by 0900 hours. Divisional armor and infantry elements advanced well over 5 km and captured the village of Bobrik. Their initial thrust was not stopped until reinforcements from the Soviet 6th Guards Rifle Division were committed later that day.
5 July 1943
Battle of Kursk
The Battle of Kursk was a Second World War engagement between German and Soviet forces on the Eastern Front near Kursk in the Soviet Union, during July and August 1943. The battle began with the launch of the German offensive Operation Citadel, on 5 July, which had the objective of pinching off the Kursk salient with attacks on the base of the salient from north and south simultaneously. After the German offensive stalled on the northern side of the salient, on 12 July the Soviets commenced their Kursk Strategic Offensive Operation with the launch of Operation Kutuzov against the rear of the German forces in the northern side. On the southern side, the Soviets also launched powerful counterattacks the same day, one of which led to a large armoured clash, the Battle of Prokhorovka. On 3 August, the Soviets began the second phase of the Kursk Strategic Offensive Operation with the launch of Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev against the German forces in the southern side of the Kursk salient.
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