In response to the increasing pressure of the Soviet offensive to take Karachev and sever the rail link between Briansk and Orel, Panzer Division Grossdeutschland was shifted to the region northwest of Orel. To foil the Soviet plans, the division was split into several Kampfgruppe and sent into villages in the forest to the northeast of Karachev. July 28th saw the initial test of the newly established German positions. The Soviets, with the aid of heavy artillery support, managed to take Alisovo, but ran into stiff resistance from elements of Grossdeutschland at Kusmenkovo.
Attacker: Russian (Elements of the 31st Guards Infantry Division)
Defender: German (Elements of Bataillon II, PzG Reg. Grossdeutschland, Panzergrenadier Division Grossdeutschland)