The elite Infantry Regiment “Großdeutschland” advanced into Russia with orders to secure the flank of Panzer Group Guderian. Security areas were created to stop local Russian breakout attempts by small units of the estimated 80 enemy divisions trapped near Novogrodek. Wild combats ensued, with the 1st Battalion at one point doing battle from captured Russian trucks against enemy soldiers fighting from captured German trucks. The 2nd Battalion had a slightly easier time, with the regimental historian commenting that “many small engagements resulted from the battalion's active patrolling to all sides.” At 0900 on the 3rd of July, elements of the 2nd Battalion met with an armoured car on the road to Mate Zuchowicze, claiming that the village was not held by the enemy. The patrol moved on, taking five prisoners after a brief combat, and eventually came under fire from hills and farms to the east. Zuchowicze was only one of several villages scheduled to be patrolled that day.
Attacker: German (I Bataillon, Infanterieregiment "Großdeutschland": Strosstrupp Stockmann/Strosstrupp Doege/Strosstrupp Kottwitz)