The greatest air-bombardment week in history and Britain's unprecedented closing of diplomatic communication channels (TIME, April 24), made D-Day seem almost at hand. Yet the nation, though jittery with waiting, still waited confidently. Some of its leaders thought it was waiting too confidently.

In Manhattan, Under Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson said bluntly: "Many here have settled into a frame of mind far different from that we were in on Dec. 7, 1941. Then we had unity. . . . Our need to recapture that unity today stands above all other needs. ....

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