World Battlefronts: On the March

In Bulgaria, TIME Correspondent Percy Knauth saw a sight rarely witnessed by U.S. newsmen (see PRESS) in World War II—a Russian division moving up to battle. He cabled this description:

Along a dirt road through the bare Bulgarian hills, their columns wound for endless miles. The troops traveled in horse or ox-drawn carts or on foot, shuffling through the powder-fine white dust which rose in a cloud beneath the hot September sun and settled like snow when they had passed.

The soldiers on carts were mostly sleeping where they lay, even the drivers. Girl telegraphists, telephonists and mechanics —about one to every 15...

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