World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: Chinese Pattern

Which is nearer the end of its military rope: Japan's ally, Germany, or the U.S.'s ally, China? Few Americans asked the question, but some Chinese wondered.

Since capturing Hengyang (TIME, Aug. 28), the Japanese drive, spearheaded by five divisions with as many more in support, has advanced southwest at the rate of ten miles a day. It cut right through the Chinese army that opposed them—the Chinese, with no ammunition left, had to get away as best they could. The Japs overran Lingling, a Fourteenth Air Force field. At that rate of advance,...

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