World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Before the Fir-lined Passes

At one point the first wave of the Russian tide washed to the foot of the Carpathian wall. Out on the flats of the Ukraine other waves began to lap at Odessa.

The anticipated fall of Odessa might seem the more important, but actually it was by far the lesser of the two events. Odessa was but a sand castle which the rising tide appeared certain to engulf. How the breakers will strike the mountain wall became a far more pertinent question.

Marshal Zhukov's army, on the Ukrainian right flank, was the first to reach the foothills of the Carpathians. Behind...

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