World Battlefronts: World Battlefronts, Apr. 27, 1942

Optimism, For Once With Douglas MacArthur's command over all United Nations' land, sea and air forces in the Southwest Pacific finally clarified, the question became: What next? The answer, as given by the brassiest brass hats in the area:

Three weeks ago it began to look as if the Japanese had decided they did not want to invade Australia. Now it looks as if they could not invade it if they wanted.

This opinion, of competent soldiers on the spot, was based on a compound of good news. The steady flow of American ships carrying troops, planes and all the impedimenta of war...

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