World Battlefronts, STRATEGY: Qualified Hope

The hope of early victory stirred the Allied world last week. Discussed, if not wholly shared, in high Allied councils was the brightest hope of all: that Germany could be defeated in 1943, that Japan could be crushed in 1944.

These speculations were noteworthy because: 1) they existed; 2) they had spread from street corners and hamlets to the capitals of the U.S. and Great Britain. But they were only roseate possibilities in the minds of the war planners in Washington and London. Sterner prospects and realities underlay the actual calculations of victory:...

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