Overnight the temperature bounced up 40°, flowers bloomed in Kiev and Moscow, everyone came down with a cold. Thaw time had come: the great Red winter campaign was near its calendar end.
The winter had been marked by many a great victory. But the Army's primary objective, Moscow's Red Star noted, was not simply to roll the enemy back but to destroy him. In that, the campaign of the short winter had failed.
In Moscow, as elsewhere, military men totaled up the gains of the three-month offensive and found them fat, nevertheless. In three months the Russians had:
¶ Regained rich grain lands;...