World Battlefronts: EASTERN FRONT: The Marshal Waits

The tempo of Russian attack east of Berlin hung at a sullen, persistent roar. After a week's bitter fighting the Germans claimed that: 1) they still held the essential battlements of Küstrin, which Marshal Joseph Stalin had declared captured; 2) the battered keystones of their Oder River defense line still stood.

Radio Berlin grew boastful. It described spokes of dragon's teeth, pillboxes and larger fortifications around the capital. Loudspeakers proclaimed that the city's bombed ruins had been turned into a gun-studded fortress.

No one knew better than Berliners that Berlin would need all this and more. The Red Army's Marshal Georgi K....

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