Operation Lenz Sud had commenced in hopes of finally reducing or eliminating the growing Partisan force near Borisov. As the German forces began the push the partisans were ready and awaiting for an ambush. The Partisans were not trained soldiers and the tactics of the partisans were simple and the challenges put on them by their leaders were less than would be expected from a military unit. Surprise and ambush were their best tactic. Their spot chosen lay on both sides of the Narotch stream. Having capturing a German field gun earlier and using their long hidden anti-tank gun—a leftover from the retreating Russians in 1941—the ambush was prepared.
Attacker: Partisan (Elements of 2nd Rifle Company and Artillery and Heavy Weapons Companies of Partisan Regiment Bolschevik)
Defender: German (SS) (1st and 2nd Kompanies, SS Sonderkammando Dirlewanger Brigade)