17 August 1944. South of Western Dvina river. The 311th Soviet Rifle Division has halted before well prepared enemy defenses. All attempts to break through were unsuccessful before higher headquarters issued orders to halt further attacks. In the Ozolini – Rabeli region, enemy forces have prepared forward defensive positions in the small hamlet of Salas. Salas is situated at the 311th Division’s center of frontline. That hamlet provides the enemy strong flanking positions which cover all friendly approaches to the German main line of resistance.
To improve the tactical situation, Commander 311th Division orders 1067th Rifle Regiment to take and hold the enemy strong-point in Salas. This task is assigned to an ad hoc force consisting of a penal company, a recon squad, and supporting artillery units.
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