World: The Road to Mandalay

The Japanese in northern and western Burma were in full retreat last week. Only at Akyab, principal port on the west coast, and around Wanting, on the old Burma Road, were Allied troops in close contact with the retiring foe. To the British, who had been driving on Akyab for two dreary years, the disease-ridden town at the mouth of the Arakan River seemed like something at the end of a rainbow. Now they were within sight of it, and in position to contain it.

On the central sectors progress was uniform. British, Chinese and...

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