#0710_02 Hill 226_6 - Hard Psel - Kursk Southern Front
#0710_02 Hill 226_6 - Hard PselBy David Freer
Krasnyi Oktabyr, West of Prokhorovka: July 10th, 1943. (Scenario Size: Division. German Human vs Soviet AI or Head to Head) SS-Brigadeführer Hermann Priess's Panzer Grenadiers from SS-Totenkopf Division had reached Gresnoye late on July 9th. Totenkopf had been relieved of its flank guard duties by the 167 Infanterie Division and was now II SS Panzer Korp's strongest Division. It was intended to use Totenkopf to cross the Psel River and clear the heights overlooking the river valley. Soviet gun emplacements, artillery and rocket observers all used the higher ground to call fire on to the approaching German's. Hausser knew that if the heights were not cleared any advance on Prokhorovka would be unnecessarily bloody and ordered Priess to take Hill 226.6 as quickly as possible.