World Battlefronts: Hello, Tovansh!

Torgau is a small German town (peacetime population 14,000) but it-had its place in history long before last week. It was the scene of Frederick the Great's victory over Austria in 1760, and a junction point for Austrian and Russian armies massing against Frederick the following year. Last week history repeated itself at Torgau.

In the early days of last week Torgau was almost deserted. Marshal Konev's artillery had battered it from across the Elbe. Only a few Germans, too numb to care what happened, searched rubbish piles for scraps of food and hunted...

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