World: Attack by Fire

For the Pacific war against the ground-hugging Japanese, fire has become a primary U.S. weapon. From Tokyo to Okinawa to the Philippines to New Guinea Japanese burned in it last week.

East of Manila a hot rain of incendiary bombs fell into the jungles of Woodpecker Ridge, where Jap machine gunners had been holding up the 38th Division. Flame-throwing tanks probed the wooded draws hiding enemy positions. From catapults such as the Romans used, drums of fire were hurled into caves.

Core of the attack was the new U.S.-developed granular white powder which...

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