BATTLE OF FRANCE: Five Miles More

Near week's end an Allied communique on Normandy told its story in five glum words: "There is nothing to report." Next day, at the midnight news conference a briefing officer opened the session wryly : "Well, gentlemen, I hope the Russians have done something today." General Montgomery's offensive east of Caen, which had jumped off to such a promising start early in the week, had clanked to a grinding stop. Infantrymen, mopping up the ground taken, had es tablished a sound and useful bridgehead across the Orne River barrier, and the Allies were unquestionably in better position...