EASTERN FRONT: On the Kisalfold

The Germans had hoped to make another Stalingrad of stately, romantic Budapest. The city was a natural fortress in the first major defense line of Germany's deep backyard. The heights of Buda, rising some 770 feet above the Danube, commanded the approaches to Pest. The Germans had time to rim the city with strong points. The 950-foot river itself was a formidable last ditch. The Germans had men and machines. The Russians had to bring both over a tenuous supply line that looped far around the Carpathians.

This week the flames of Budapest...

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