Oryon ORY3017 WWII Historic Battles 4-Figure Set: "Kharkov", Russia, August 1943 (1:35 Scale)
"In war there is no second prize for the runner-up."
- General Omar Bradley
As part of Operation Barbarossa, the German Army Group South advanced toward the city of Kharkov in the Soviet Union on October 20th, 1941. The Russian 38th Army set up a defense at the city. Meanwhile, entire factories were dismantled for relocation farther east. By October 21st, all of the factory equipment had been loaded on to rail trains. On this day the Germans closed to within seven miles of the railyards. The German 6th and 17th Armies attacked Russian positions on October 24 and took control of the city on the same day.
This 1:35 scale 4-piece figure set consists of two German Sturmpioneers from the 1.Panzer Division and two Russian soldiers from the 35th Guards Infantry Division. Sold Out!
Height: 2 inches
Release Date: February 2007
Historical Account: "Liberation" - Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev (literally: "Commander Rumyantsev", after 18th-century Field Marshal Peter Rumyantsev) was a military operation conducted by the Red Army in its fight against the German Wehrmacht during World War II. The operation was conducted by Steppe Front in the Belgorod sector.
The operation began in early August 1943, and was aiming to follow up the defensive success against German Army Group South in the Battle for Kursk. It was immediately successful, pushing back the German defenders and liberating Belgorod and Kharkov. By 12:00 in the morning of August 23rd, 1943 the Soviet divisions of the Voronezh Front and the Steppe Front had successfully liberated the city from German forces, annihilating most of the defending forces. It was the last time that Kharkov changed hands during the Soviet-German War.
The operation led to the retreat of the German forces in Ukraine behind the Dnepr River, and it set the stage for the liberation of Kiev in autumn 1943.