World War: The Marshal's Barometer

General headquarters of the Red Central Front were in a little log cabin last week. Marshal Semion Timoshenko, whose job is to keep the Germans away from Moscow, sat behind a desk covered with maps and reports. Beside the papers were several sharpened crayons, a box of cigarets. There was only one thing on the cabin's bleak walls: a barometer.

As he worked, Marshal Timoshenko often looked at the barometer. He knew the unpredictability — and the importance — of Russian weather.

Mud up North. On the Leningrad Front the Germans pressed hard, in a hurry clean things up before mud cluttered things...

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