With the Stalingrad disaster nearing its epic conclusion, Army Group Center was suffering a siege of its own at the rail center of Velikiye Luki. General Kurt von der Chevallerie fortified his bridgehead along the Lovat River with the intent of resuming offensive operations after another harsh Russian winter. However, General Purkayaev of the Third Shock Army had offensive plans of his own, and would need the bridgehead and transportation facilities at Velikiye Luki. To accomplish this, he encircled the city during the middle of November. With Hitlerís stand-fast order in place, the siege was resupplied during the month of December, and plans were made to break the encirclement.
Attacker: Russia (28th Rifle Division/21st Guards Rifle Division)