BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Rok Fights Again

Late winter frosts swept over the Eastern Front, hardened sodden roads and swamps, dusted the battlefield with snow. Red Armies pushed forward hard. Time was precious. In another three or four weeks spring would lay its warm, sticky hand upon this land.

From the Baltic to the Black Sea, at least a dozen armies hammered relentlessly at the retreating foe. Ten-mile gains a day were not rare, nor the capture of 200 to 300 villages. Secondary German bastions fell one after another.

"Rok" Strikes. Ancient Pskov, with its dilapidated, mossy-walled kremlin, was still the Red Army's prime target. This week, Red...