World: Crisis in the Caucasus

"No natural obstacle can prevent enemy advances unless it is backed up by fire power and men."

With this aphorism Red Star last week admonished the Red Army and illumined the crisis which it faces as the Germans roll southeast through the Caucasus into Russia's richest oilfields. Already the Germans had taken the Maikop fields and were thrusting into the Grozny region, only 100 miles from the Caspian. Thus far they had followed a railway paralleling the Greater Caucasus range, which towers east to west between the Caspian and Black Seas. Marshal Fedor von...

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