World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF JAPAN: Plans & Planes

For the first time since D-day in Normandy, 13 months ago, U.S. foot soldiers were engaged in no large-scale operations anywhere in the world. But last week the ground force commanders—and the admirals who put them ashore—left no doubt that such idleness would be shortlived. The Tenth Army's "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell told his troops he hoped they would be home by next Independence Day. Admiral Thomas Cassin Kinkaid of the Seventh Fleet was for keeping up the pressure, "so Japan can't get back on balance."

In San Francisco, Navy Secretary James Forrestal held...

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