World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Moscow Aware

Not since the Nazis stood on Moscow's threshold last October had the city been so preoccupied with war. At newspaper kiosks Muscovites waited for each edition, pored over the communiques without moving on. Loudspeakers blared news from street corners. In nearly every home a map was spread out each evening while housewives explained communiques to their children. Everyone knew that these were the war's gravest hours. People talked little about war or peace aims beyond beating the Nazis.

> No foreigners could engage a Russian in conversation for five minutes without mention...