BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: For Keeps

"We must pull ourselves up short. We must stop groping. Let us make no mistake. This is the real thing, played for keeps. The Germans cracked in 1918. . . . They will crack again. The Japanese will not crack. Only by utter physical destruction or utter exhaustion can they be defeated. That is what we are up against. Too long have we nurtured the illusion that the Japanese is an insignificant person. . . . The Japanese is physically small, but he is sturdy. . . . He is half starved, but he is Spartan. . . ....

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