World Battlefronts: EASTERN FRONT: End of the Lull?

More than three months had passed since the great Red Army offensive rolled to a stop before Warsaw; eight weeks had passed since Marshal Stalin pledged the Red Army's "last, final mission . . . in the near future."

But last week the "near future" appeared to be perceptibly nearer. In Washington War Secretary Henry L. Stimson—as if in answer to mounting Allied calls for action*—referred unequivocally to "a Russian winter offensive." Washington newsmen attributed to "Soviet spokesmen" a promise of a large-scale offensive aimed at the Polish plain, reported that its starting date had been confided to the U.S. and...

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