Over the Wire

Russians Regain 200 Towns

LONDON--Russian troops have recaptured 200 villages in the Rostov area, thrown the Germans back six miles west from Tagaurog and opened a thundering artillery barrage near Kharkov in a general southern front offensive that may compel the Germans to release their tightening grip on Moscow and send help there, Russian dispatches reported today.

British observers believed that Marshal Semyon Timoshenko was about to attempt to recapture the great industrial city of Kharkov from the Germans. The left bank of the lower Don and the Donets Basin was reported ablaze with Russian artillery fire.