BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Run to Earth

The battle for Munda entered its second month. To the U.S. public, the campaign seemed desperately slow. General Douglas MacArthur, its director, said that it was progressing satisfactorily. Both were right, as Charles Edmundson, Associate Editor of FORTUNE, discovered at first hand last week.

The slow progress in New Georgia, he reported, could be partly explained by the fact of overwhelming U.S. air and naval superiority: ground commanders had expected the heavy bombings and shellings to pave the way for a nearly bloodless advance of the infantry. This expectation had not been...

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