MOSCOW, June 6, 1944 (UP) - The three-year-long dream of a western land front came true for the Russian people today when they heard by radio that the Allies had invaded France.
At the same time the Red army was understood to be massing for its expected blow from the east following up the assault from the west.
News of the invasion was welcomed with a heart-warming reaction - the full import of the action being realized gradually here as successive broadcasts brought the people word of the developments from London.
There was no public shouting and cheering, but Russian citizens and officials alike were discussing events with lively enthusiasm. Foreign diplomats expected the reaction to the news to grow as operations developed and the Russians saw concrete results. Loud speakers had been switched on in the streets and squares of the capital for the announcements.
The German commentator Ernst von Hammer broadcast from Berlin that with the attack from the west a big Russian offensive would open soon along the lower Dnestr "where a strong Soviet offensive army has taken action, stations and where Soviet artillery and mortar fire is gaining in intensity." Other German commentators said multiple assaults could be expected.
Tuesday night's broadcast Russian communiqu