World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Victory Has Many Wounds

In one of the most remarkable documents of World War II—a summary of the Red Army's great winter offensives in the south—the Russians said last week: >The single objective of all the southern offensives was to "surround and defeat the German troops at Stalingrad." > "This plan was carried out in November and December, 1942."

With an air of triumph and finality, the Russians spoke wholly in the past tense, as though the battles of 1943's first week were postscripts to a victory already won.

But the victory was not won, and the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!