Some Moscow recollections from 'War Diary'. Kutukov’s brigade was equipped with new T-34 tanks and some of the older KV and BT type armour. Katukov and his brigade were confident of hampering the Germans second attempt to capture Moscow on November 16. The enemy was tearing towards Yazvishche village in order to cut off the Volokolamsk highway. The defence their consisted of a battalion of frontier guards, commanded by Samoilenko, two tanks in ambush, Afonin’s and Leshchishin’s and two batteries of the anti-aircraft division, commanded by Afanesenko. Samoilenko reported that German tanks were approaching, and the reply came, ‘Use the ambush and smash them’. The Hitlerites tried to surround Samoilenko’s battalion. Four of their tanks crawled along the highway, but were set on fire by Afonin and Leshchishin. But behind them came six more tanks and a line of Hitlerite infantry amounting to a battalion. The frontier guards could not withstand this enemy pressure and made a fighting retreat to the village of Gryadi. Afonin and Leshchishin knocked out two more tanks and, striking the Hitlerite flank, began to crush the infantry. Some Hitlerite’s succeeded in climbing on to Afonin’s tank from the rear and shouted, ‘Russians, surrender!’ Having seen this, Leshchishin used his machine-gun to clean the enemy off his friends’ tank. At the same time, Afonin saw that the Hitlerites were similarly crawling on top of Leshchishin’s tank and knocked them off with his machine-gun. Our brigade was given two armoured trains, which bombarded enemy concentrations near Lystsovo. At this same time, about 30 enemy bombers attacked the station at Chismen and damaged the track. Although no bombs hit the armoured trains, their gun platforms were put at a slant, so that the muzzles pointed into the ground. We allocated repair squads to help, but then the enemy intensified his attack. The battalion of frontier guards again went into action and our two ant-aircraft batteries fired at the enemy tanks and infantry, succeeding in beating off the attack. Soon the railway track was repaired and the armoured trains were once more fit for battle.