World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF GERMANY: East: Overture on the Vistula

The stage was set in Poland and the cast was in the wings. The Russian-German front from East Prussia to the Carpathians bore a strong resemblance to the Vitebsk front just before Joseph Stalin's armies launched their great summer offensive in June. There were the same signs this week that Russia was accumulating tremendous reservoirs of new power behind the line, the same enemy fretfulness over blows that the Germans could see and feel were coming.

The Russian explosion in June and July had driven the last German from Russian soil, ended the Battle of Russia, whittled down the...

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