World: Slow and Merciless

Allied naval forces last week met a German ship in one of the few surface engagements with the Nazis in this war. The engagement took place, not in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, but west of Australia, probably in the tropical Indian Ocean, where one of the small Allied units under command of General MacArthur caught a ship described only as an "8,000-ton auxiliary." The Allied guns—probably Australian, perhaps American—opened up, scored a hit. Then the Nazis scuttled the ship. But 78 of them were captured. It was the first...

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