World Battlefronts, THE WAR: Last Chance before Winter

Around the defense perimeter, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and back to the North Sea, the quality of German resistance was spotty.

In Lithuania, where they had held a stabilized line for months, the Germans suddenly caved in before a massive Soviet assault which carried most of the way to the Lithuanian coast and the north border of East Prussia.

In the Balkans they stood fast on some sectors, ran fast on others. But they were not generally disorganized or suffering great casualties. In Italy they obdurately contested every yard of the Allied advance toward Bologna; it seemed as if...

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