World: Report on a Grimness

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Somewhere in eastern Asia, probably at Rangoon, members of the Unified Allied Supreme Command (see p. 17) met this week to make ready an Allied success. There a good man reported to his chief on one of the shortest, strangest and grimmest commands ever held by a British general.

The good man was General Sir Henry Royds Pownall, who only a fortnight earlier had become Britain's Far Eastern Commander. The shortness was no fault of his: he was promoted to be Chief of Staff in the Supreme Command. The grimness was Malaya's:...

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