World Battlefronts: Victory in the North

Last week the Red Army greatly improved its chances to win the war against Germany, greatly lessened the Germans' chances to come back this spring and summer. What had happened in south Russia, after the relief of Stalingrad, was now happening in the north. The Germans were retreating along most of a 700-mile front from Leningrad to Orel.

The northern retreat began in the Demyansk swamps south of Lake Ilmen, where Marshal Semion Timoshenko climaxed an offensive with a great breakthrough (TIME, March 8). For 18 months the Germans had clung doggedly...

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