World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Blitz in Bessarabia

Like a time bomb ticking toward its hour, the Red Army on the south Russian front had waited quietly while up north titanic battles raged. Last week, as Rumania broke with the Axis, the hour, timed with exquisite nicety by the Russians, struck in thunder. From the Carpathians to the Black Sea, the Russians burst forward in their most spectacular and possibly most decisive molnia (Russian version of blitz) of World War II.

The action began along a 156-mile front —the mouth of a funnel narrowing into the Galati Gap, where 45 miles...

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