On the 11th of November the Germans launched an offensive in the Barrikady district with elements of two infantry divisions, backed up by five especially formed pioneer battalions, armed with satchel charges and flamethrowers. In addition two assault gun detachments supported the main effort. Much of the blunt of this blow fell against Col. Ivan Lyudnikov's 138th Rifle Division. Six days later, his forces had been reduced to a mere 138 combat effective men. A figure of 358 wounded sheltered near his command post, who could not be evacuated because German fire interdicted the Volga in the area. Lyudnikov and his men continued to hold out in an area that was not much larger than a horseshoe-shaped 450 by 600 meter pocket nicknamed "Lyudnikov's Island".
Attacker: German (Infanterie-Regiments 578, 577 and 546 and Pionier-Bataillons 45 and 336, Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 50 with Sturmschwadron 24, Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 244, Infanterie Divisions 305 and 389)