World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: The Road Back

Never had the Red Army seemed so near to sweeping the invaders from Soviet soil. In Berlin's bomb-scarred Foreign Office a gloomy spokesman told Swedish journalists that the Russians' third winter offensive had achieved a "very deep penetration." A Nazi official explained: the German High Command "does not intend to keep Russian territory occupied only for reasons of prestige. . . . Retreat from Russian soil . . . would be a secondary question compared to whether the front had been broken along the entire line."

The Red Army had not broken the entire...

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