World Battlefronts, THE PHILIPPINES: Desperate, Not Hopeless

A United States Army, most of it composed of half-trained Filipinos, last week fought the first great U.S. battle of World War II. The U.S. Army of the Far East was fighting desperately, skillfully and against great odds—fighting and slowly losing for reasons beyond its control.

For by slicing the islands' supply line from Pearl Harbor west, by heavy attacks on Philippine airfields, by plain wear & tear on the islands' limited aircraft equipment, Japan had won the first requisite of victory: command of the air. Overwhelming in numbers, the Jap flailed...

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