World War: Scorch or Be Scotched

If the German break-through this week was as extensive as the Nazis claimed, there was only one substantial Soviet hope left: the classic scorched earth. How well was it working last week?

One widely advertised Nazi advantage was said to be the fact that grain was still too green to burn. But in some places they were reaping green corn; in others, they hauled out sprayers formerly used for pest-killing, and burned the grain with chemicals; in others, though abandoning the standing grain, they ruined agricutural machinery, depriving the Germans of the means of reaping it.

Communications were being wrecked. Russian railways are...

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