BATTLE OF ASIA: Land of Three Rivers

Singapore gave Malaya meaning; nearly everyone knew that Singapore was a great naval base. Burma had no Singapore. Burma was a strange place, with strange names, where Japanese invaded, British retreated, and young Americans flew gallantly in the alien sky. Last week, as the battle for Burma ran its course, it was still a remote, uncomprehended struggle to most of the world.

Burma is a land of three rivers: the long, motherly Irrawaddy in the west ; the tired, gentle Sittang in the center; the wild Salween in the east. They rise...

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