The Crusader, Eighth Army Weekly, No. 41, Vol 4, February 8th 1943

C R U S A D E R Review for the Blue From P. 1 R U S S I A While the powerful Russian armies roll on to the west across the rich Kuban country in the Caucasus and 600 miles to the north towards Kursk and Kharkov, Hitler is confronted with even greater disaster than at Stalin­ grad, where the resistance of the German Sixth Army finally ceased with the surrender of Field Marshal Paulus and eleven of his generals. Rather than carrying out new thrusts, the Red Army is busy bolsterir" its gains, according to Paul W interton of the “News Chronicle.” But the Red Army is still rolling forward on the V or­ onezh Front and in the Caucasus. Pouring through gaps in the Ger­ man line at Kastomoe and Novo Oskel, west of Voronezh, the Russians hold a starting point for a direct drive on the major Ger­ man base of Kursk, 50 miles to the east. ANOTHER DUNKIRK After the fall of the Caucasian railway towns of Kropotkin and Tikhoretsk and the oil centre of Maikop, the increased Russian threat to Krasnodar and Novoros- sisk is squeezing the Germans on to the snowbound Kuban Plain. The Germans can escape only by running from Krasnodar or at­ tempting a Dunkirk across the Kerch Straits. In a survey of the Russian fronts the German News Agency states : “Between Voronezh and the Donetz Estuary the enemy continued their attacks with in­ creased pressure. Between the Ku­ ban and the Lower Don the ene­ my attempted to break through the German lines.’’ FULL COUNT It is expected that the full count of German dead at Stalin­ grad will give a figure of well over a quarter of a million. Since the Russian offensive began on January 10, 46,000 prisoners have been taken, thus leaving to be accounted for some 40,000 of what is now known to have been an original Axis strength of 330.000 troops. Between four and ¦five thousand of these are still holding out in the smaller of two rings between the railway runn­ ing north-west and west of Stal­ ingrad. T he remainder are made up of the still uncounted dead and the prisoners taken before the of­ fensive began. Mario Appelius, Italian radio commentator declared in a review of the eastern front : “Russia was not a country — is was a bar­ racks, a military arsenal. Stalin is hurling motorised forces in handfuls into the furnace. The military strength of Bolshevism is an undeniable reality ; to close one’s eyes and refuse to recognise this is childish... The European troops have grim and bloody days ahead on the Eastern Front’/ S.W . PACIFIC Foiled in New Guinea and the Solomons, Japan is preparing to hit at, perhaps invade, Australia from another direction, probably Timor, according to agency mes­ sages from Canberra. “Enemy concentrations are large enough and preparations thorough enough to indicate an impending move of utmost importance,” said Brit­ ish Official Press. W hile Prime Minister Curtin said in an Aus­ tralia D ay broadcast : “Time is now fighting on the side of Ja­ pan, ex-Premier Menzies warned: “The tentacles will wither only when the octopus is hit on the head.” Said Dr Herbert Evatt, Minister for External Affairs : “The time has now arrived when it is our duty to inquire urgently sind insistently that the proper needs of the south-west Pacific in relation to total war strategy shall be met." N - British Tommy teaches "V " sign to young Italian. 5
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