First Battle of Kharkov

20 Oct 1941 - 24 Oct 1941


ww2dbaseA month after the Germans capture the Ukrainian captial of Kiev, the German Army South Group approached the outskirts of Kharkov as part of Operation Barbarossa. While the Russian 38th Army put up a defense, factory workers rushed to complete taking apart entire factories, and pack them onto rail trains for the relocation east. This includes factories of Zavod Malysheva, the tank manufacturers who would later supply the Russian army the legendary T-34 tank. When the workers completed the move on 21 Oct, the German front lines pushed as close as seven miles from the rail yards.

ww2dbaseOn 24 Oct, the German 6th and 17th Armies launched a coordinated attack on Russian positions, and took control of the city.

ww2dbaseSources: Feldgrau, Wikipedia.

Last Major Update: Feb 2005

First Battle of Kharkov Interactive Map


Germans entering Kharkov, Ukraine, late Oct 1941View of Kharkov, Ukraine, late Oct 1941Annunciation Cathedral (background), Kharkov, Ukraine, Oct-Nov 1941Anti-communist and anti-Semitic posters, Kharkov, Ukraine, Oct-Nov 1941
See all 10 photographs of First Battle of Kharkov

First Battle of Kharkov Timeline

24 Oct 1941 German troops captured Kharkov, Ukraine.

Did you enjoy this article or find this article helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments


1. We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

2. For inquiries about military records for members of the World War II armed forces, please see our FAQ.

Search WW2DB
More on First Battle of Kharkov
» W√ľnsche, Max

» Ukraine

Related Book:
» Atlas of the Eastern Front 1941-45

First Battle of Kharkov Photo Gallery
Germans entering Kharkov, Ukraine, late Oct 1941
See all 10 photographs of First Battle of Kharkov

Famous WW2 Quote
"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time."

Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal

Support Us

Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!

Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!