World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF GERMANY (East): Punch for Punch

In Moscow, where the first snow of the winter fell, the names of fallen East Prussian towns—Ebenrode, Schlossberg, Grün-weitschen—came sweetly to the ears of Russian civilians. They enjoyed the report of a Red Army correspondent, who described deserted German houses "with doors swinging in the wind to reveal tables set with meals which the escaping owners had no time to eat." But in East Prussia, the soldiers of young General Ivan Chern-yakhovsky were discovering, as their Allies in the west had already discovered, the almost epileptic ferocity with which the Germans fight for their own soil.

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