World Battlefronts: Six Miles a Day

From southern Russia the news was distressingly parallel to that from France in 1940. In six weeks the Germans had plunged 300 miles deeper into the country. Tank columns concentrated in Schwerpunke ("thrust points") where enemy lines were weakest, broke through, then mushroomed out behind them. Mechanized infantry rushed through tank-opened gaps. Dive-bombers roared overhead.

With amazing speed the main body of the German forces rumbled forward in a thousand-fingered advance encompassing new lands rich in oil, wheat and industry. The tide had surged forward at an average rate of six miles a...

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