World Battlefronts, WESTERN FRONT: Monty's Turn

For most of last week the days were fine and there was springlike warmth west of the Cologne plain, where the Germans expect the heaviest blows of U.S. and British power to fall.

The war seemed far away, except when the Germans sent over another swarm of V-bombs. G.I.s of the U.S. Ninth and First Armies brought out baseballs, played catch. Along some sectors not an enemy prisoner was taken. Patrols could not operate. There was nothing to do but to let nature and the Roer River take their course, according to German plan.

Smart Blast. By last week it was...

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