World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: Inspection by Stilwell

The Chinese in northern Burma had been ambushed and harassed by Jap patrols. The Anglo-American anvil chorus began again to beat out the familiar refrain: the Chinese cannot fight.

Lieut. General Joseph W. Stilwell wanted to see what, if anything, had gone wrong with his thesis that well fed and armed Chinese can fight as valiantly and skillfully as any other troops. He left his headquarters, flew to a forward base, then by jeep and afoot went back into the familiar Burma jungles. He doffed his three stars at a forward command post, donned dirty puttees and stained khaki,...

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