World: Japs and Rain

General Joseph Stilwell's shock columns were still at—not in—Myitkyina. With the prize almost within their grasp, they had stalled. One reason: the Japanese had quickly improvised a stout resistance. Another: torrential rains and monsoon winds had blunted the attack.

Stilwell's Chinese and American infantry reached the outskirts of the Japanese supply base in north Burma last fortnight —after a bitterly difficult 23-day march. At week's end they still had a firm grip on the most important airfield in north Burma, two miles to the south, were attacking from positions north and southwest of the village. The capture of Myitkyina appeared only a...

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