World: Retreat to Where?

Adolf Hitler's armies in southern Russia were in full retreat last week.

In all of World War II, no single fact had held such enormous possibilities. Napoleon's retreat from Moscow in 1812, Rommel's retreat from Egypt in 1942 involved the fate of continents; the Wehrmacht's retreat involves the fate of the world. When the full extent and meaning of the retreat are clear, the world will be better able to judge the winner of World War II, better able to gauge its length.

Battles in the Dusk. Beyond doubt the Wehrmacht had suffered far more than a grave defeat. It had met a...

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