World Battlefronts, SUMMARY: Shifts & Advances

Russia. For the retreating Germans, the battle of Russia became a battle for Hitler's Europe.

Italy. Men in the Mediterranean theater sensed a new reason for the slowness of the Italian campaign: their fight might be a gigantic diversion, a holding attack designed to keep as many Germans as possible engaged there while other invasions are devised and mounted. It appeared that the center of strategic gravity was beginning to shift to Western Europe.

Air. The U.S. Eighth Air Force maintained its attacks from Britain at the un precedented rate of one mass raid every two and a half days....

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