World Battlefronts: Come Out and Fight

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A column of green-camouflaged destroyers and boxlike landing craft crept northward through the slot of the Solomons. New Allied invasions—of the tiny Treasury Islands, of Choiseul across the way, and eventually of Bougainville between them—were beginning. This triple play was to be an important operation, for heavily defended Bougainville was the last stop on the long road to Rabaul, Japan's main South Pacific base. TIME Correspondent William Chickering was aboard a ship bound for Treasuries, and he cabled:

"There was no moon. Not even a cigaret glowed and silence spread over our ship. Below decks a few played apathetically at cards,...

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