World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: For Whom the Guns Roll

Once again the red cannon rolled. They boomed for countless men grey from the foe. In Berlin Nazi spokesmen babbled of "evading actions" and "elastic defense." But the grim face of the war map uttered the word they would not: retreat. All along the 700-mile fluid front, from the forests of Smolensk to the Sea of Azov, the Wehrmacht was falling back in what might yet be its worst defeat. Nazi bastions which a month ago were safely in the rear were now in peril. Taganrog, Yelnya, Sumy and Konotop had fallen. Smolensk, Poltava, Mariupol and Stalino...

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