TIME'S Correspondent Walter Graebner, en route to the U.S. from Moscow, last week cabled from Cairo:

I have witnessed one of the war's greatest spectacles—the dash of the victorious Eighth Army and R.A.F. over the Western Desert.

At sundown (5 p.m.) on the first day out we reached the former no man's land at El Alamein. The entire western half of the area was littered with German and Italian guns and shells, helmets, clothing, food, maps and other things, smashed and torn by the Aussies as they crashed through. All about were black, well-made "Jerry...

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