World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: No. 3

The Russians struck again, and in their third winter drive they again made great initial gains. And again, as on the central front before Moscow, they struck where the Germans had expected an attack: on the middle Don, behind the positions where the Red Army and the Germans were locked west of Stalingrad.

In its first stages, the third offensive was in effect an extension of the drive to relieve Stalingrad. But as the Russian thrust widened, it also became an effort to destroy the Germans' entire system of communications and supply in...

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