BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Assault, with a Grain of Salt

Were the Russians really rocking the Germans back on their heels? Or had the Germans withdrawn their striking power, possibly for a blow elsewhere, possibly for much-needed recuperation? There were hints that the answer to both of these questions was yes.

Off of Moscow. The Germans admitted that Russian forces had "penetrated their eastern defenses at several points." This was an extraordinary change of tone from the usual Nazi dismissals of Soviet claims.

The tone of the words which Adolf Hitler used (see p. 12) and made Joseph Goebbels use (see p. 23) last week was extraordinarily changed. Once they ranted...

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