Wall of Blood

The German Army last week acted like an army in defeat. Its every move was forced upon it, and each move at one point weakened it at some other point. Everywhere Germany was losing: at home, from the mightiest air assault in history; in Russia; in southern Europe. It was there, from Sicily and Italy to their Cretan outpost, that the real nature of the Germans' plight was most apparent.

The Chain. Germany had the troops to send to chosen points. Reinforcements still arrived in Sicily. Into northern Italy, above the River Po, other Germans moved from Austria, from Yugoslavia, and...