With Russian beachheads on the western bank of the Dneiper threatening to unhinge the entire northern flank of Army Group South, the 1st Leibstandarte was dispatched back to the Ukraine from anti-partisan activity on the Italian-Yugoslav border. After assembling in Kirovograd, they were ordered to fight northward to the Kiev-Zytomyr road. The Russian 211th Rifle Division stood in the way around Vodotyi. A night attack was ordered on the 17th to take out its command.
Attacker: German (SS) (Elements of SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment 2)
Defender: Russian (Elements of the 894th Rifle Regiment and Headquarters Staff and Security Platoon, 211th Rifle Division)