|Battle of Orel (Kursk)|
The first attacks went in on schedule, with small groups of Grenadiers infiltrating through minefields and rushing the Soviet trenches. In two hours of hand-to-hand combat, the Soviet outposts were captured and the main attack was ready to roll at just after dawn – 04:05 hours – on July 5 1943. In the north, Generalfeldmarschall Walter Model's 9.Armee blunted its spearhead against the Soviet minefields. The southern offensive, spearheaded by II.SS-Panzerkorps and the Großdeutschland Division made more headway, unlike in Model's sector, it was not halted, and broke through. Image: Tiger tanks in the northern offensive. Commons: Bundesarchiv.