Strength for Spring

The nation's war muscles toughened and grew. Surely and steadily, despite hindrances, bogglings, misunderstandings—despite the fact that the nation, even now, had no idea of its own strength.

Once a pampered U.S. had almost believed Hitler: that the democracies were soft, flabby, ineffectual. The poisoned idea had not yet been wholly proved a lie.

When Hitler's war machine crushed France in ten bone-shattering days, the U.S. looked at its own little Army, nervously debated Lend-Lease. Now a leaner U.S. had its own war machine. Hitler's juggernaut, poised for spring, would soon be only the second greatest. Guarded U.S. estimates...

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