0535-1200 Hours, NORTHAG Sector
0535- Operation Thunder Cloud resumes. 1st and 3rd Brigades of the 1st Cavalry Division begin the drive to Phase Line Dodger.
0550– Heavy maneuver elements of the Dutch 5th Division spearhead the resumption of the Dutch attack northeast of Celle. As these units move, other elements of divisions from I NL Corps are advancing east from positions just south of Lüneburg Heath. The objective of both forces is to reach the town of Uelzen and link up by dusk.
0610– Northeast of Braunschweig the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment is screening the left flank of the 1st Cavalry Division. With British and West German units not expected to join the battle until late in the day, the 3rd ACR’s commander receives word that a brigade from the 2nd Armored Division is on the way.
0830– In his command bunker nestled in the East German countryside, Colonel General Korbutov monitors the progress of the morning’s battle so far. Aware of the consequences that the previous day’s poor planning had on the battle, Korbutov was prepared to make certain there was not a repeat performance today. He was waiting for the American’s lead brigade to move east of the intersection of Autobahns 2 and 39 before unleashing the counterattack he expected to halt the Americans long enough to bring 7th Guards Tank Army into the fight.
1015– The same intersection was highlighted on maps hanging in the headquarters of III Corps, 1st Cavalry Division and that division’s sub-units with the name; OBJ LASORDA. Capturing the intersection was a necessary step in the advance towards PL Dodger. The Soviets seemed to be aware of this, as resistance east of LASORDA was heavier than expected. The Soviet units opposing 1st Cav’s thrust were being bled white. However, their sacrifices were not for nothing. The US division was being delayed.
1059– In western Poland, a message arrives at Western TVD’s wartime command post. The theater commander is ordered to Moscow by mid-afternoon.
1200– Outside of the town of Gifhorn, troopers of the US 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment discover a recently abandoned prisoner of war camp containing the bodies of nearly three dozen West German and British soldiers and officers.