From Burma this week TIME'S Correspondent Jack Belden sent the following report on the campaign that came to an unhappy end with the fall of Mandalay:
This is probably my last message. I'm staying with General Stilwell and a small command post directing the rear-guard action on approaches to India and northernmost Burma.
The Japanese are driving with incredible speed, swinging wide of both our east and west flanks and somehow we have to get the troops out of this closing-in trap.
The Jap column which seized Lashio is coming up the Burma Road to...