World Battlefronts: Of Time and the Volga

August was slipping away, and with it Germany's chance of a decisive victory. There was still time, but the time grew shorter. German gains had been great—Rostov, the last of the Ukraine, the northern Caucasus—but not yet great enough to make 1942 Hitler's big year. Russian losses had been staggering—the last of the Donets Basin industrial area, control of the River Don, some of the oil and most of the wheat of the Caucasus—but not heavy enough to smash the Red Army. On the thunderous, smoky southern front the chips were still on the...

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