GREAT BRITAIN: Prelude to D-Day

Last week in England scruffy backyard elms sported pale new picot edgings. In blackened window-box geraniums, housewives found new leaves. The signs called the turn on spring.

At a London soccer game Princess Elizabeth smiled but, next to her, General Sir Bernard Montgomery glowered. Royalty, as usual, was holding its chin up, but the mood of Britons was not spririglike. Churchill had said what they thought: "The task is heavy, the toil is long, the trial will be severe." Bombs on London were a thumping reminder of how severe the trial had already...