Week of Climax

Within one spring week it suddenly seemed that the war across the world was mounting to a climax and a breaking point. Germany's legendary Rhine barrier was forced in five growing bridgeheads; a storm of steel and fire was building up in the East. Defeat was staring Germany in the face, and the Germans had nothing with which to stave it off.

For Japan the specter of doom was not yet so close at hand, but it was coming closer. U.S. warplanes bombed Japanese warships in their home harbors. The panicky Japanese reported...

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