MOSCOW DATELINE by Henry C. Cassidy


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This correspondent's story takes up more or less where Davies left off, the beginning of 1941 just prior to Germany's attack on Russia, and although Cassidy has not had access personally to the inner circles, he gives a quite complete picture of warring Russia, at home and at the front. After the first initial surprise, he describes the rapid, constructive methods with which the Russians met the German onslaught. The first year covers the bombing of Moscow, a visit to the front, the battle of Moscow, the Russian winter, and the occupation of Iran. In 1942 he covered the spring offensive through the fall of Bevastopol, giving a vivid campaign by campaign account. The narrative ends with a vivid account of the battle of Stalingrad. There is a sympathetic close-up of the Willkie visit, criticism of Churchill and his tactical mistakes over the second-front issue, and the author's own predictions of the future of Russia as ""would be socialistic, but not internationally revolutionary...autocratic, but not antidemocratic"". Not tops, but a good general account with wide coverage.

Pub Date: May 27th, 1943
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin