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Diary January 18, 1942

Soldiers of the Russian IX air landing corps
Soldiers of the Russian IX air landing corps before the operation.
WW2 War Diary for Sunday, January 18, 1942:

Air War

Eastern Front: Russian parachute brigade and airborne regiment land behind German lines south of Vyazma (January 18-24).

Eastern Front

On Central Front, advancing Russians within 97 km of Smolensk. Heavy fighting in suburbs of Orel, south of Kaluga.
Timoshenko commences general offensive on Ukrainian front, advancing to within 97 km of river Dnieper and Dnieprostroy, vital German supply base. Major-General Gretchko (postwar Marshal and Minister of Defence) particularly distinguishes himself.

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