Before the Storm

The 25th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I was a quiet day, in which the new war seemed to hang in a vacuum. Only in Bataan were U.S. soldiers fighting the enemy hand-to-hand; news of U.S. naval and air battles trickled through slowly from scattered reaches of the Pacific; sometimes the U.S. did not seem to be at war at all.

But in the lull clouds gathered. War machines were cranking up. Great events would come, must come, cataclysm on cataclysm. The nation's armies and armaments grew like thunderheads; some day soon they must burst with a...

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