World War: Closer by a GASPKONG

The Russians announced that on the Moscow front they had recaptured the towns of "K," "A," and "O." They said they had penetrated the outskirts of "G." They had driven the Germans from "G" and "S." Unfortunately they had lost "N" to the enemy. A huge battle raged at "P."

Even when this alphabet soup ceased to be dished up, and names emerged, the outside world was not sure just what was going on before Moscow. The Germans, it seemed, had reached Tula, Kalinin, Serpukhov, Maloyaroslavets, Volokolamsk, Mozhaisk. This was as obscure as the alphabet: what did it mean? It meant...

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