World Battlefronts, THE WAR: To Get Peace ...

Winter had brought snow and bitter cold to one end of the war, steaming tropical rains to the other.

In Europe the winter was the sixth of World War II, and the first in which victory was clearly within the Allies' grasp. The great western offensive was still building up momentum and pressure along a 450-mile front, still rising to the climactic point at which either the defenders must crack or the attackers must relax to await another effort. Russian troops were still hacking away at German positions in Hungary, still blotting up the trapped, stubborn Nazi garrisons in...

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