World: For Stalin's City

The Germans inched on into the environs of Stalingrad. Day by day, for four weeks, they had sent mountains of men and machines to batter the Red Army back across dusty steppes toward the Volga. Colossal expenditures bought each hillock, each ravine, each village, exacting of the Russians losses at least as heavy. The precise location of the battle line was not revealed by either Berlin or Moscow communiqués, but Moscow reported this week that fighting was going on "in Stalingrad." The heaviest pressure and steadiest German progress was from the southwest, toward the Volga bend directly below Stalingrad. There the...

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