World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Four Victories

Last week, on the first anniversary of the vast German debacle at Stalingrad, the Red Army stood 800 mi. west of that shell-battered city. It was now only 500 mi. from Berlin.

It had crossed the borders of two prewar states (Poland, Estonia). In one week it had scored four spectacular victories. For the Russian man-in-the-street, pobeda—victory—was in the wintry air.

Pobeda I. To short, rotund General Leonid Govorov went the credit for the most momentous of the four successes. A month earlier he had been besieged in Leningrad. This week the Leningrad front...

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