World Battlefronts: THE SOLDIER MOANED: MA MA!

Outnumbered 10-to-1 in the air, 3-to-1 on the ground, beset by natives who feared the Japs more than they liked the British, the Allies all but conceded the loss of Burma last week. As the retreating British prepared to demolish the oilfields and refineries in their rear, TIME'S Correspondent Jack Belden visited the front where Chinese troops defended Burma under U.S. command. His dispatch follows:

Japanese flying ships are playing over the Mandalay Road in a fashion Kipling never imagined. Jap pilots fix towns under their sights like bugs beneath a microscope, stab them...

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