Most of the news came from the Pacific. The U.S. victories there absorbed the interest of the Allied peoples. But the men in Washington, London and Moscow who direct the master strategy of the United Nations could not let themselves lose perspective. In their long view of World War II, Midway and the Coral Sea loomed no larger than the Eden-Molotov-Roosevelt agreement. They knew that Midway and the Coral Sea—great victories though they were—were essentially defensive actions; the U.S. was still a long way from a real offensive in the Pacific.

It was still at Hitler that the...

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