World: For Want of a Nail...

Now—this week—the immediate, imperative task of the United Nations in the Far Pacific is not to defeat the Japanese but to stop him. If he can be stopped, held in his tracks, he can then be driven back and defeated before he secures a strangle hold on the Pacific World.

This means that the Allies must hold these crucial points: Singapore, at the doorway to the Indian Ocean and the China Sea; Rangoon, where the road forks to India and China; Java's strong points; Australia's port, Darwin.* Even if Singapore falls, if the others are...

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