World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Push, Bleed, Destroy

Moscow war correspondents and military observers have come to learn that vaguely worded Soviet communiqués usually herald some startling news. Last week Red Army spokesmen conceded a substantial stiffening in German resistance, continued to weigh Russian gains in terms of scores of villages and "tens of kilometers," were carefully vague for several days about specific details of the Soviet advance.

Just as carefully they refrained from confirming or denying one of the most significant reports since the Russian counteroffensive began: that Russian forces have flanked the central German armies around Smolensk...