RUSSIA: Confidence in Moscow

Soviet Russia celebrated its 25th anniversary as it did its first—with enemy armies deeply entrenched in Russian soil. But in a sober speech honoring the anniversary last week, grim-faced Joseph Stalin voiced his faith in victory. Said he:

"German summer tactical [objectives] were not consummated. . . . The events of the past year [demonstrate] a progressive rapprochement between the members of the Anglo-Soviet-American coalition. . . . The Anglo-Soviet-American coalition has every chance of vanquishing the Italo-German coalition, and certainly will vanquish it."

Second Front. Without rancor, Stalin built a good part of his speech around the second front—which "[will...

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