BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Four Ring Circus

Japanese war lords viewed with hissing alarm the growing tonnages of high explosive dropped on the line from the Bonins to the Moluccas. Domei's military commentator read the tonnage figures, and concluded sagely that U.S. action against Davao "bears watching." Other Tokyo analysts foresaw huge operations against Formosa and the Bonins, as well as the Philippines, and a diversion from the Aleutians toward northern Japan. The U.S. Navy, patently getting set for its next blow, did nothing to cure the enemy's uncertainty.

But it was ready to jangle enemy nerves. Vice Admiral Aubrey Wray Fitch, new deputy chief of naval...

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