U.S. At War: Hurry Home

On one day 31,445 soldiers arrived in New York on seven ships from Europe; the huge Queen Elizabeth brought an entire division. In France, at shove-off camps named for U.S. cigaret brands, more thousands of men got their sailing papers, clambered aboard ships. By this week 532,258 shouting, cheering G.I.s had arrived back home in the States.

Redeployment was well ahead of schedule and still gaining speed. Speediest of all was air transport. Last week the Army Air Forces gave out some eye-popping statistics of history's biggest air passenger movement: in a 72-day period up to mid-July, 125,370 military personnel had been...

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