World War: Death on the Approaches

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When the Germans launched their second supposedly final attack on Moscow a fortnight ago Berlin military spokesmen called it a "do-or-die" drive. It was planned and commanded by Field Marshal Fedor von Bock, who because he loves to lecture his men on the glory of dying for the Fatherland, is called der Sterber (the Dier). By this week many a German had died before Moscow, and the Dier was still doing. But the city still stood.

To Marshal von Bock, losses do not greatly matter; certainly they do not matter as much as...

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