World Battlefronts: Stalemate in the South

As the center of gravity of Russian effort moved north with the weather (see above) the Germans counterattacked in the south. For the time being they and the mud stabilized the southern front.

Berlin claimed that the Germans were on the offensive along a 155-mile front in the middle and upper Donets River regions, presumably near Izyum. Troops operating in the "area of Kharkov," Berlin said, had encircled the Soviet Third Tank Army. Other forces were said to have "stormed" Slavyansk, an important railhead north of Stalino, which the Russians had recaptured in mid-February....

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