World War: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: First Victory

After many a negative, Russia had its first positive victory last week. Russia's best general, Marshal Semion Timoshenko, retook Rostov-on-Don and for the first time made the Germans get their tails up and churn their shanks in the general direction of Berlin.

The victory was not great: the Russians only pursued Germans, instead of catching large numbers of them. They went only 60 miles, with 600 to go. There was no guarantee that the Germans would not bounce right back. But it was a victory; it was tangible in geographic terms; it was admitted by the German High...

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