World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: The Road Leads Backward

The greatest victory in Russia was the victory of Moscow (see p. 18). Already retreating on the fighting front, Adolf Hitler and the Wehrmacht lost their last hope of salvage through Allied discord, their last chance that the Red Army might forgo the complete defeat of the German armies in the east.

That news overshadowed the Red Army's gains in southern Russia last week. But the gains were large, and they measurably hastened the day of final victory. Paced by tanks and Cossacks (see cut), Russian columns raced across the Ukraine's rain-sodden steppes...

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