BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Thrust from the Sea

North of the Arctic Circle the winter-bitten Germans coiled sluggishly to strike. Russian intelligence learned from prisoners and from their own aviators that the Nazis were preparing an offensive against Murmansk, on the Barents Sea end of one tube through which Britain and the U.S. feed supplies to Russia.

Out into the Barents Sea, where Russian submarines had reported sinking several Nazi transports, the Russians set off in warships crowded with soldiers in ponderous winter clothing. They wheeled wide around the German left flank on the shore, then steamed in and landed their...

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