World Battlefronts, THE WAR: Week of Decision

In one week that shook the world, fate closed tight and inexorable in the tautrtwardy empire of the Nazis.

Its Balkan foundations curmpled; its eastern ramparts shook before the battering of Russian might that could not be denied.

In the west, Allied armor and speeding infantry slashed in dazzling parabolas toward the last of the defenses beofe the Siegfried Line. The battle of France was decided. As it thrudered toward its end the battle of Germany was beginning.

As the week began, it had been question how soon Lieut. General Omar Bradley's speeding Twelfh Army Group could liberate Paris. When...

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