National Defense: The Second Ocean

A group of 21 big four-engine Boeing bombers—of the newest type urgently needed by Britain—flew last week to Hawaii. Their going was a clear indication of how vital the Government considers the problem of keeping mastery of the Pacific, where its main fleet is concentrated. But the U.S., with its one-ocean Navy, had to deal last week with a two-ocean problem.

In the Atlantic, the size and immediacy of that problem increased enormously. France's further surrender to Germany (see p. 27) raised grave defense questions: What about control of French Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, French Saint Pierre and...

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