The Russians have already taken over Orsha, and are on their way west and to the liberation of Minsk. Krupki and its strategic railway station was located roughly halfway between the two larger cities. The first contact with the advancing 3rd Byelorussian Front took place near Krupki, when M4A2 Sherman tanks of the 3rd Guards Tank Corps fought a sharp engagement with the Tigers from sPzAbt. 505 in the early evening of 28 June.
Attacker: Russian (3rd Guards Tank Corps)
Defender: German (Army Group Center Security Forces/Schwere Panzer Abteilung 505 and 5th Panzer Division/Pionier Bataillon, 5th Panzer Division)