BATTLE OF RUSSIA: A Sea Regained

Nine months and (Moscow said) more than 300,000 casualties were the price Germany paid for the history-encrusted Crimea and its naval bases. This week, with their supply lines severed by the Red drive across the Ukraine, the Germans had lost all but a tiny, blazing corner of the peninsula. With it went their claim to full control of the Black Sea.

Attacking from north and east, the Russians wrested the Crimea back in just one week — in one of the most complete German reverses of World War II.

Preparation. Last November the...

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