World War: Special Announcement

When they, heard the blare of trumpets one day last week German civilians turned up their radios. This was the signal for a Sondermeldung, an especially important announcement about fighting somewhere. Perhaps the British in Africa had been defeated already. . . .

The announcement was made. Merely the capture of another Russian city. A place called Rostov.

The place called Rostov was, according to the announcer's voice, a very important one. It controlled the mouth of the great River Don. It lay athwart the oil pipeline from the Caucasus. It was a key point...

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