Over the Wire

Russians Pierce Nazi Lines

MOSCOW--Soviet troops have smashed one of the strongest German points in the Donets Basin, tearing open a huge gap in the battle line, and another on the north front just south of Staraya Russa, where the 16th German Army of more than 100,000 men lines in a death trap, front dispatches said, today.

Heavy fighting was reported raging throughout the Donets Basin of the Ukraine and the Russians were hauling artillery through the new breech in the line for pulverizing assaults on German forts.