World Battlefronts, THE WAR: Strip the Fat

The U.S. was shoulder-deep last week in two great battles 13,000 miles apart—the battle of Luzon, in the Philippines, and the battle of the Ardennes in Belgium and Luxembourg (see below). As combat operations, the two seemed as remote from one another as though fought on different planets. On the plane of global strategy and logistics, they were tightly interlocked.

The war in the Pacific was ahead of schedule, the war in Europe behind schedule because of one great mistake—the premature write-off of Germany. In September the Nazi armies had been driven, shredded...

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