Fresh German troops were reported moving last week toward the Russian front, where Adolf Hitler was trying desperately to regain the initiative. The fact that Hitler had lost the initiative in Russia led many a cozy armchair strategist to forget that on most other actual or potential fronts the initiative was Hitler's or Japan's.

Germany's Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was advancing in Libya. Fresh German troops were reported on the borders of Turkey and in southern Italy, across the narrowest expanse of Mediterranean from North Africa. On the diplomatic front Vichy moved closer to Germany. On the propaganda front Berlin proclaimed...

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