BATTLE OF ASIA: Drive to the South

The greatest campaign of the year in Asia opened last week amid the yellow stubble of South China's rice paddies, just harvested of their bumper crop. At Hengyang the Japanese had won the battle of Hunan. There they had paused for regrouping, to consolidate their supply lines and to rest their troops. Twice in a month they had feinted, first due south toward Canton, next southwest toward Kweilin, site of a major Fourteenth Air Force base. Both times they had halted, not yet certain they had the preponderant strength needed to finish...