World Battlefronts: Substitution

From their devious grapevine of military information, the U.S. Army on Bataan Peninsula this week wrung a gratifying drop of sap. The Japanese had done so badly on Luzon that a new commander had been sent to clean out the remnants of Douglas MacArthur's little force. The substitute: General Tomoyuki Yamashita (TIME, March 2), bandy-legged, pout-bellied commander of the Jap army in its swift, destructive rush through Malaya.

For honor-laden Lieut. General Masaharu Homma, first commander in the Philippines, there was only one honorable course. Douglas MacArthur reported that General Homma met the...

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