Blows & Counterblows. Like three great scythes, Red Armies were trying to slash their way through and behind the German positions in south Russia last week. Said Moscow's Red Star: "By strengthening our blows we will be in a position to surround new masses and inflict new losses. The harvest will be great if we can reap it in time."

But time was favoring the Germans. Bogged in the mud 30 miles east of Dnepropetrovsk was the crucial drive of Colonel General Nikolai Vatutin's armies, striving to reach the Dnieper and cut off the Germans in the Donets Basin.

The most serious Russian...

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