The January 10, 1942 The company of skiers Blue Division under Captain José Manuel Rodríguez Ordás starting from the town of Spasspiskopez crosses the lake to aid Vsvad German garrison at the mouth of river Lovat, on 21 January, in the battle known as "lake Ilmen Action."
On January 7, 1942 Russian troops advancing on the area where the Blue Division was, shattering before, passing the 290 German Infantry Division, which was south of Lake Ilmen. In the recall are surrounded 543 men under Captain Pröhl are remnants of other units that were scattered during the hasty retreat. Front comprises the German encirclement by the 140 Infantry Regiment 11th Soviet Army.
The shortest route to reach Vsad is straight since being a frozen lake elevations but no skiers found six ice shelves difficult postage, travel is much longer, coupled with the fact that extremely low temperatures suffered during the voyage, a balance sheet total of 102 low freeze, 18 of them quite severe and the loss of over 30 sleds once contact Ustrika German garrison on the southern shore of Lake occursAfter a walk of 30 km. with temperatures of 50 degrees below zero, at dawn on the 11th, the Company reached the shore and joins the German garrison of Ustrika. The Spaniards have suffered casualties hundred two wounds and freezing
After taking the assault Shiloy Tschernez-a dozen miles Vsvad-Strikes the enemy with skis, machine guns and tanks. The Company, on the 17th, back decimated their numbers. The January 21, 1942 links to Vsvad Germans, who left the position and retract the lake surface. Captain José Manuel Ordaz sent within General Muñoz Grandes: "We left two hundred and six men and were midnight.Top Spain. "These twelve men were decorated for their valuable action