Germany's Chance on the Western Front

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Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt making a Fireside Chat speech on radio during WWII.

Last week TIME's Chief Military Correspondent Charles Christian Wertenbaker cabled from Paris:

The war is not going so well for us. This is said not in a spirit of defeatism or alarm but because what has happened in the last three weeks can be regarded not only as a setback but as a threat. In the three weeks since Dec. 16 the enemy has lengthened the front by 225 miles and has passed to the offensive along the entire western front.

The lengthening of the front is an advantage to the enemy because he has greater reserves in Europe than we...

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