World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Center of Gravity

Stalingrad was no longer a city. It was a place on the Volga, an expanse of rubbled homes and buildings, heaping corpses, tanks. The battle for Stalingrad was no longer a battle for that place alone. The Russians, widening their counter-attacks above and below the site where Stalin's city once stood, now saw the struggle on the Volga "as the center of gravity of the summer campaign." Stalingrad, they said, was no longer a separate segment of the Volga line, but a part of "general combat" from Leningrad to the Caucasus.

Dispatches to Moscow newspapers reported more gains than setbacks....

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