World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: The Ice-Cold Hand

By last week the Russians' multiple winter drives, begun last November as a series of local counteroffensives, had developed into one of the great offensives of history.* From Leningrad to the Black Sea, along a 1,500-mile front (see map), the Red Army was staging one operation with one purpose: to break the German hold upon Russia at every point where the Wehrmacht had anchored its lines, then to smash into and destroy the rear systems of communication and supply, without which the Germans cannot recover in the spring.

The Red Army, having broken...

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