RUSSIA: From Novosibirsk to Komsomolsk

The odds on war between Japan and Russia before the end of 1942 shortened last week. From Chungking came word that the Japanese were speedily building defenses in Inner Mongolia, had already withdrawn some provincial-government departments behind the Great Wall. Allied Intelligence unearthed Jap plans to conscript native troops, to reinforce the army on the Manchukuoan-Siberian frontier.

The vital question of whether the Soviet Union can fight successfully on two fronts depends upon the untested efficiency of one of the world's great arsenals, Siberia. If the Russians perform a military miracle in the east, it will be because of an industrial...

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