BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Summer Opening

In Moscow, bursting rockets told of the reopening of the Russian Front. Over the radio the familiar voice of Announcer Yuri Levitan read Stalin's order on the breach of Finland's Mannerheim Line. The day was D plus five of the invasion of western Europe.

Two days earlier batteries of 8-inch guns, massed thickly on the narrow Karelian corridor into Finland, had opened fire. From the Gulf of Finland came the roar of supporting guns of the Red Baltic Fleet. The Red air force plowed the enemy defenses. At the end of three hours,...

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