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The Eastern Front

Benjamin Schwarz, the national editor of The Atlantic Monthly, writes an extremely interesting review of the recent revised history of the Eastern Fron of World War II. The revisions are made possible because of the new material from Russian archives. He gives you the details. It turns out that the Russians did better than we have thought (since we had been relying on mostly German sources). It is amazing to note that circa 80 percent of all German military casualties in the war were on the Eastern Front. He says that "The four-year conflict between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army remains the largest and possibly the most ferocious ever fought. The armies struggled over vast territory. The front extended 1,900 miles (greater than the distance from the northern border of Maine to the southern tip of Florida), and German troops advanced over 1,000 miles into Soviet territory (equivalent to the distance from the East Coast to Topeka, Kan.). And they clashed in a seemingly unrelenting series of military operations of unparalleled scale; the battle of Kursk alone, for instance, involved 3.5 million men." Thanks to Powerline.

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