Operation Citadel and the Battle of Kursk had begun. SS-Panzer-Grenadier Regiment 2, supported by the Tiger-Kompanie and Sturmgeschutz Abteilung Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, moved forward toward the day's objective, the village of Bykovka. It was their job to clear a string of small towns along the Vorskla River of enemy forces and prevent the Soviets from outflanking them from the west bank of the Vorskla. Moving northward, the first Soviet defensive position of Hill 220.5 was soon encountered. This strongpoint was riddled with mines, covered with barbed wire, and dotted with well-fortified bunkers and trench systems. This Soviet field position had been developed into an elaborate deeply echelon and widely ramified fortification system. The crack 52nd Guards Rifle Division occupied the trenches and earth bunkers reinforced by artillery regiments, anti-tank artillery, battalions of anti-tank riflemen, tank companies, mortar regiments, and other formations resisting stubbornly and refusing to give ground.
Attacker: German (SS) (Elements II/SS Pzr Grdr Rgt 3 with Pioniere-Co, Tiger-Co, Sturmgeschutz Abteilung)
Defender: Russian (Elements 52nd Guards Rifle Div with 1108th A-T Regt)