World War: EASTERN THEATER: No Blitz Oblige

"The Blitzkrieg is a washout." So boasted Foreign Vice Commissar Solomon A. Lozovsky, Russia's rambunctious spokesman.

In one respect he was certainly right: for a whole week the German Krieg had been without Blitz, a lightning war with the lightning extracted. Nearly three weeks had passed since the Germans announced they had broken the Stalin Line "at all vital points." and vaunted that Kiev was "on the point of falling." It had been two weeks since they announced that the Russians were throwing "their last reserves" into battle. It had been one week since they had spoken complacently of "the...

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