World War: The Sour Smell of Death

After World War I, when the last whiff of smoke was safely blown away, thousands of eager trippers toured the battle fields of France. Last week some of them and their children got a vicarious look at a still-pungent battlefield of World War II —through the eyes of the first U.S. and British correspondents allowed by the Russians to visit the front.

Gist of the correspondents' reports on the Smolensk front—and inference of the Russians' having permitted the tour at all —was that the central front had settled down and the Reds neither planned...

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