The German High Command realized that Operation Bagration was indeed a large scale Soviet offensive. The first German reinforcements to arrive in Minsk from Ukraine were the 5th Panzer Division. Their first contact with the advancing Russian units took place near Krupki where lend-lease Sherman tanks fought a sharp engagement with the defending Tigers of schwerePanzerAbteilung 505 in the early evening of June 28th.
Attacker: Russian (3rd Guards Tank Corps)
Defender: German (5th Panzer Division and aPzAbt 505)
Turns: 5.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Krupki, USSR 1944-06-28
Squads: A:4.5 D:3.5
AFVs: A:6 Sherman III(a) x 4 SU-85 x 2 2 1/2-Ton x 2