World Battlefronts: Left Jabs

As bigger & bigger patches of green spread on the snow fields, it seemed that the Russian was left-jabbing desperately to keep the Nazi off balance, as if he were a groggy but still brutally strong fighter recovering from his winter knockdown and shaking the mist from his brain. Both sides admitted fierce enemy attacks-repulsed, of course-and neither side claimed the capture of any important town. In the south, the Germans sent up tank replacements painted green for spring.

Hitler had not started the great push; the Russians-hoped that he was scraping the barrel's bottom to man it; and they were...