The 90th Rifle Division - continued
July 17, two divisions from German 50th Corps lead this week's drive on Leningrad and a move to cut off Leonid Bobkin's 33rd Army. The 90th Rifle Division retreats across the Luga River.
July 18, three divisions from Albert Wodrig's 26th Corps attempt to push back the 90th again, now working with the 106th Motorized Division in the defense. Wodrig is checked not once, but twice.
July 19, and Walter Model's 1st Corps is called up to dislodge the two Soviet divisions. This time the attack is successful. The 90th and 106th Divisions are split apart. A follow up attack late in the day by 18th Motorized Division is stopped in its tracks by the 90th.
July 20, 1st Panzer Division from 41st Panzer Corps has arrived and together with the 18th Motorized, pushes the 90th back another ten miles.
July 21, 19th Panzer Division, part of Kuntzen's 57th Panzer Corps force the 90th back yet again. Still, the division refuses to break.
July 22, and the 60th Motorized Division pushes the 90th back, this time to the port of Oranienbaum. Most of 33rd Army is cut off, and the Germans can celebrate success. But in large part due to the tenacity of the 90th Rifle Division, the SS Totenkopf Division fails to take Leningrad, defended only by a solitary fortified zone.
In the next week, the 90th will be evacuated a second time by naval transport, and this time participate in the defense of Leningrad itself.
All things considered, a German tactical victory, but with Leningrad still in Soviet hands, perhaps a missed opportunity as well?
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