Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia's City of Steel

Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia's City of Steel

Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia's City of Steel

Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia's City of Steel

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Stalin's Ural strong-hold is a major factor in the present war. In spite of loss of much territory the Red armies are intact, fighting hard and effectively. They are getting munitions and replacements from Soviet factories.

Russia's old heavy industry center in the Ukraine has been largely lost or destroyed. But Stalin has a new base in the Urals built up during the last fifteen years by dint of tremendous sacrifices. It is this new industrial base which today is supplying the Red armies with much needed tanks, guns, spare parts, and munitions.

The Ural industrial district covers an area some five hundred miles square, almost in the center of the largest country in the world. Nature furnished the region with iron, coal, copper, aluminum, lead, asbestos, manganese, potash, gold, silver, platinum, zinc, and oil. During the thirties more than two hundred industrial enterprises were built and put into operation in this region. Costs were fantastically high, but this new . . .

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