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....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!