World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF GERMANY (East): Prelude

The first heavy snows were sifting over the eastern front. While the Germans watched apprehensively the Red Army stirred. The breath of men and horses steamed in the crisp air. Soldiers stamped on the frozen mud roads to warm themselves. Winter and fighting weather had returned to the east.

Premier Joseph Stalin laid out the Red Army's objectives: "Now the last, final mission remains for the Red Army, namely to complete, together with the armies of our Allies, the task of defeating the German fascist armies, finishing off the fascist beast in his own lair and raising over Berlin the...

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