World Battlefronts, THE WAR: The Campaign of 1944

There was only one battle left in Europe last week, the Battle of Germany—at whose borders the Allies already stood. This battle had four fronts: North, South, East and West. And now they were not only all active at once but all related. To bolster one, the Germans had to take risks on every other.

By contrast with World War I, where the typical campaign achieved no military result except to exhaust the side which undertook it, the typical campaign of World War II has yielded substantial tactical returns—at a cost far lower to the attacker than to the defender.*...