This is coolbert:
Thanks to Freeper we have these New York Times headlines as it was seventy years ago:
"RUSSIANS RECAPTURE DNIEPROPETROVSK;"
"RIVER THRUST WINS"
"Red Army Also Seizes Dnieprodzerzhinsk, A Sister City"
"FOE RETIRES IN DISORDER"
Disorderly retreat but NOT so totally so. Dniepropetrovsk that dam over the Dneiper river having been blown by the Soviets during their forced retreat in 1941 AND ALSO DESTROYED BY THE RETREATING FASCIST FORCES IN 1943. Destroyed at least in part but perhaps not in whole, nonetheless that dam not again in full use until 1950!
Yet more headlines concerning Dniepropetrovsk from the Montreal Gazette. This as of 1944:
"HUGE DNIEPER DAM SAVED FROM NAZIS"
"German Attempt to Destroy Completely Great Russian Structure is Revealed."
"Moscow, September 22. - - The chief engineer of the Dnieprostroi dam disclosed that that the German had made a desperate unsuccessful effort in the winter of 1943 to completely blow up the great dam across the Dnieper river at Zapoarozhe, which the Russians themselves had partly destroyed in August, 1941."
That Soviet land mass twice devastated during the Second World War [WW2]. Once as the battlefield moved from west to east in 1941 [the Red Army the perpetrator] and a second time during German retreat [1943 and 1944] as the battlefield moved from east to west [fascist forces the perpetrator] over the same ground. Scorched earth policy the loss of civilian life from all causes.in most cases greater than that of soldier combat deaths