World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Cradle Retaken

While Leningrad was bursting its chains (see col. 2), other Red Armies scored other victories:

> Pudgy artilleryman General Kiril Meretzkov captured 1,100-year-old Novgorod, which to the Russians is Russia's cradle. To retake it, Red units pierced an intricate system of defenses anchored on lakes and swamps; then crossed the Volkhov River over shattered ice and the flotsam & jetsam of a bridge the Germans blew up. Moscow's claim: 15,000 Germans killed, 3,000 captured. Last week the armies of Meretzkov and Govorov threatened to make mincemeat of Marshal von Küchler's battered forces....

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