Near the River
Udy, UKRAINE, SOVIET UNION, 12 February 1943: Jochen Peiper became
the commander of III Battalion, Infanterie Regiment 2 of the 1st
SSLAH on 14 September 1942. A legend soon grew around his Blowtorch
Battalion during the 1942-43 battles around Kharkov. Many of the
units vehicles sported a blowtorch symbol, earned, according
to Peiper, following the use of halftrack-mounted soldiers to
mount high-speed attacks on enemy-held villages. Thatched roofs
were burned in the process, leading to the units moniker.
During the third battle of Kharkov 3rd Battalion had to push some
48 kilometers (30 mi) through enemy lines to rescue the surrounded
320th Infantry Division. As the German rescue column, ambulances
laden with wounded, headed for friendly lines they found the route
across the River Udy blocked by elements of Army Group Popov.
A running battle ensued between the rescuers and Soviet elements,
including reinforcements from 1st Guards Tank Army. An exit route
was finally secured
but only for retreating ambulances.
The only remaining bridge, a damaged span over the Udy would not
carry tanks and half-tracks. The weary soldiers of 3rd Battalion
were ordered to find, and open, another escape route
themselves. A task duly accomplished with few casualties.
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- New village
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