Daily LIFT #334
Red Army troops fight to retake the city of Rostov-on-Don, November 27, 1941
-- Daily LIFT #334
On November 27, 1941 the Red Army's 37th Army under the command of Lieutenant-General Anton Ivanovich Lopatin, who would later be named a Hero of the Soviet Union, pushed the 1st Panzer Army of the invading German forces out of the city of Rostov-on-Don after intense fighting. The city had fallen to the Germans on November 21.
This was part of a broader counter-offensive that stunned the German commanders and caught them off guard. The withdrawal of the 1st Panzer Army from the city and immediate area was the first major retreat of German forces due to counter attacks in the Second World War. A few days later, on December 5, the Soviets would launch the massive counter-offensive that would save Moscow.