Three days after the start of the Red Army spring offensive, German situation maps showed huge gaps in the front line in southern Russia where there were no units to stem the runaway Soviet assault on Kharkov. The Soviet high command, STAVKA, was satisfied the Germans were on the ropes and ordered their attacking units to push on regardless of all threats to their flanks, despite protests of the field commanders. The Germans had been about to make a large scale attack of their own and several panzer divisions were gathering around the town of Barvenkovo, south of the breakthrough. They watched in reserve and under cover until the Soviet units became overextended. And then the concealed armor concentration was unleashed into the Russian flank and rear. . .
Attacker: German (Elements of the 292nd Infantry Division and the 9th Panzer Division)
Defender: Russian (Elements of the 13th Infantry Corps)