International: Paradox

The U.S. press suddenly boiled with reports, speculation, protests about the doings in China (see FOREIGN NEWS). By what right were U.S. airmen, marines and sailors intervening in a civil war? And what of the British in Java, using U.S. Lend-Lease weapons with the labels removed?

The answer was simpler than the commanders' problems were. Months before V-J day, the Allied Combined Chiefs of Staff in Washington foresaw the enormous complexities involved in taking the surrender of some 5,000,000 Jap troops and civilians, scattered from Manchuria to Java. On V-J day all Allied commanders...

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