World: Slugging Match

"A very thin margin" separates the balance of sea power in the Pacific. Last week the U.S. claimed that margin. "Slowly but surely we are tightening our grip," said Admiral Chester William Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet.

"Slowly" meant "not without losses" (see p. 36); "surely" meant progress only at those points along the great arc of Japanese conquest (see map) where the U.S. struck early and hard.

"Do not for one minute assume," said Nimitz, "that we have the Japanese on the run. . . . Our tactics must be such...

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