Dwindling Space

Since defeat had become inevitable, the German plan of resistance had been based heavily on space—territory outside the Fatherland to be yielded slowly, skillfully, expensively to the enemy. Now the space was disappearing like dry grass in a prairie fire. The end could not be far off.

On the east, Germany's "safety belt" between the White Russian river barriers and the Vistula, extending to a depth of 300 to 350 miles, had been overrun in six weeks. The German attempt to yield it slowly had been a colossal failure. The Nazi defense had been neither skillful nor economical: the prisoners...

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