BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Turn on the Don

This week on the Stalingrad front, the Russians scored their biggest victory in nearly a year. In its immediate scope and consequences, the victory was "local"—the culmination of a prolonged, hitherto indecisive effort to relieve Stalingrad itself by blows at the Germans' flanks and rear, between the Volga and the Don. But its full possibilities, if realized—which they are still to be—might be immense. Disrupting Germany's winter line in the south, blocking the diversion of Nazi forces to the Mediterranean, perhaps cutting off the Germans in the Caucasus, were among the conceivable consequences of a complete Russian victory.

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