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T h e 13th and 50th armies were encircled as the 2nd Panzer Group broke through to Orel. 41 that had been destroyed in combat. 18 Although the fighting on the approaches to Moscow was at its height by then, the issue delicately balanced, Stavka held its nerve and refused to commit the powerful reserves it had assembled. Instead, the fresh troops were held in readiness for a counter-attack. On 7 November the first hard frost occurred, and the liquid mud solidified. The central committee was astonished when Stalin calmly announced his intention to hold the parade as usual, despite the proximity of the front line and the obvious threat of air attack.
T h e R e d Army's advances trapped similar numbers of German troops behind the lines. Three important 'pockets' survived, largely by aerial resupply. At Demyansk, six German divisions under General von Seydlitz held out until imposed a halt on operations. T h e ability of the late March. Later to play a key role at the battle of Luftwaffe Stalingrad, Von would be remembered the next winter, with Seydlitz was a veteran of to sustain encircled German consequences for the German forces Germany's previous war with Russia and had disastrous been involved in an earlier battle of encirclement Army.
T h e bombs just vanished into the snow quantities of cold-weather gear, it is unlikely it without detonating. T h e R e d Army placed greater could have been brought forward. On 5 December the R e d Army counter- 46 reliance on artillery than aircraft, and its heavy guns and Katyusha rocket launchers functioned attacked. T h e temperature that day peaked at without apparent difficulty. O n c e driven out of -15°C and the snow was about a metre deep. T h e their positions, the Germans found it impossible over-extended as the forces before Moscow, and Field Marshal von Rundstedt had authorised 1st SS Division LSSAH to withdraw from Rostov at the end of November.