|Russian Front Line Trench - River Psel|
|Trenches on the Northern Bank of the River Psel|
|Escarpment on the North Bank of the River Psel|
|The Same White Scar from the Psel Valley|
The picture below shows the exact crossing point of III SS Pzr on the 10th July 1943. The divisional engineering team worked hard to get the heavy tanks up the steep steep river bank. The modern day track leads down to one of the few bridges in the area. I'm very grateful to Professor Valerie Zamulin (author of 'Demolishing the Myth: The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July 1943: An Operational Narrative). Valerie joined us for a memorable day during our visit.
|III SS Pzr Crossing Point, Psel River, 10th July 1943|
|Mark, Valerie, Myself, Alan and Katya|
The purpose of the Psel bridgehead was to secure the heights on the northern bank in the proximity of Hill 226 and screen the north western flank of the Liebenstandarte. The crossing proved much more difficult than anticipated and the Totenkopf suffered four hundred and thirty casualties (Mark Healy, The German Offensive Against the Kursk Salient, 4-17 July 1943, p. 306). The flank was secured however - despite ferocious Soviet resistance.
|Memorial to Soviet Anti-Tank Platoon - Hill 226|
|The Plateau Above the River Psel Looking East|