World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: The Quiet of Suspense

On the Russian front there was a kind of panting quiet. Thaws made a great swamp of the yawning land. From Leningrad in the north to Novorossiisk in the south, on fields where rusting cannon and broken tanks marked the course of old battles, the two armies faced each other, waiting for the earth to dry.

The New York Times's Ralph Parker cabled: "According to [the Russians], the relative strength of the two armies has developed in their favor. Industrial production has improved, the Red Army is occupying ground more favorable for offensive operations." The strength which Hitler could send...

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