World Battlefronts: EASTERN FRONT: While Berlin Waits

The long, narrow spearhead that Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov had thrust toward Berlin broadened out. While Zhukov paused, Marshal Ivan S. Konev hammered into line on his left. The Red armies were linked along the east bank of the Oder, their flanks more secure.

Now spearheads on the west bank could reach farther. Konev columns snaked around Breslau, sealed off Silesia's largest city, locked up its garrison. Red Army Tommy gunners broke into the town, began a grim house-to-house fight.

Another Konev column plunged nearer to Dresden. Still another surged up the Autobahn toward Berlin's southern gates, in a drive aimed...

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