Over the Wire

Odessa Falls to Nazis

BERLIN -- German and Rumanian troops have captured Odessa after a two months siege, the High Command said tonight, and Nazi spokesmen said the battle for Moscow itself was developing rapidly into a siege.

A special communique from Adolf Hitler's field headquarters said Axis forces marched into Odessa Thursday afternoon after the Rumanians smashed through the last lines of Soviet resistance.

But the long-sought victory over the Red army garrison at the big Black Sea port shrank to relative insignificance in the glare of the battle for Moscow. After capturing the bastions of Kalnga and Kalinin, the Nazis said, German forces were probing deep into the distressed capital's outer defenses.