World War: Greatest Battle of All

"Smolensk is a dead city like Pompeii. ... En route we saw burning villages and forests aflame, and more farmhouses destroyed. With the exception of one bank and one hotel, Smolensk was completely destroyed, with all houses burned down, streets blown up, railway cars, trams, autobusses wrecked."

Two Swiss correspondents wrote this collaborative impression (not entirely corroborated by photographs) of Smolensk after visiting the city last week as guests of the German Army. The Germans claimed they had entered Smolensk on July 16. Last week, 29 days later, the Russians admitted they had...

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