At 0600 hours on 6 December the spearheads of all three panzer divisions crossed the Zhitomir—Korosten road. Contrary to what we expected, there was a strongly manned position running along the road, although it was still in course of construction. The Russians were taken completely by surprise as they had seen absolutely nothing of our outflanking maneuver.That's an excerpt from F. W. von Mellenthin, Panzer Battles 1939-1945. The Germans were able to stabilize their lines and buy some time until the 1944 spring campaign season opened.
During the night 7/8 December “Leibstandarte” thrust deeply through the Russian lines. Unfortunately the success could not be exploited, as the tanks ran out of gasoline and “Leibstandarte” was kept busy the whole day rescuing immobile tanks. First Panzer Division broke down all resistance and pushed through as far as the Teterev river. Fighting stubbornly the 7th Panzer Division smashed the Malin bridgehead on the banks of the Irscha and on 9 December the area between the two rivers was mopped up. Seventh Panzer eliminated the bridgehead south of Malin while the divisions of the 13th Corps took up positions in rear of our armor.I've previously expressed my gratitude that my great-grandparents migrated from Willenberg, Prussia (now Wielbark, Poland) first to Volhynia and subsequently to Wisconsin. Their Volhynian home was in Walki (now Valky) or Jagodinka (Yahodynka), along the banks of the Irscha near the Zhitomir to Korosten road. If the ethnic cleansing of Germans in 1914 hadn't caught them, either the Bolsheviks or the Nazis would have had their chances.
The results so far achieved were satisfactory. The Russian Sixtieth Army had been completely disrupted, and it was clear from their huge ammunition dumps and the intricate roadnet they had developed that we had forestalled an offensive of gigantic dimensions.