NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
21st August, 1941 : Hitler revises the instructions given in Directive No 34 of 12 August; besides occupying the Donetz basin the German armies must also cut off the Russians from their petrol supplies from the Caucasus.
In the central sector the 6th Army and I Panzergruppe begin the battle for Kiev.
On the Leningrad front, in the northern sector, the defenders occupy a salient some 12 miles wide and 120 miles deep, while the Germans advance towards the Gulf of Finland south-west of the city and towards Lake Lagoda to the south-east. The soviet commander orders his troops to withdraw from the salient to avoid being encircled. The same day the German capture Chudovo, cutting the main railway line between Leningrad and Moscow.
Marshal Voroshilov calls on the people of Leningrad to defend their city at all costs.