Despite a heavy beating, the Soviet
Army was still holding the field and, in some areas, giving better than they got.
However, the German ranks were thinning out as their manpower resources were
called upon time and again to fight just one more battle. Very often, an entire
section of the line would be held by occupying the main village in a region with
remnants of a battle-weary company. With winter approaching, possession of
these small towns became crucial, as they were often the only shelter for miles
around. Piepsk was one such village garrisoned by Company A of the 3rd Battalion,
72nd Infantry Regiment. Knowing the German defenses were sparse,
elements of the Russian 169th Rifle Regiment were set to attack and overwhelm
the hard-pressed defenders at dawn.
Attacker: Russian (Remnants of 169th Rifle Regiment)
Defender: German (Remnants of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 72nd Infantry Regiment)