World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Third Promise

Adolf Hitler has promised his people three Russian cities. None has he delivered.

In October 1941 he promised not only that Moscow and Leningrad would fall "within a matter of weeks," but (remembering Napoleon) that the Red Army was beaten and would "never rise again." Moscow and Leningrad stood firm.

In September 1942 Hitler promised that Stalingrad "will be taken" (TIME, Oct. 12). Last week the German High Command abandoned the frontal assault on Stalingrad.

Trumpets of Victory. German morale never quite recovered from the disillusion of October 1941 (TIME, June 29). Last...

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