World Battlefronts: The Numbers Tell

Cabled TIME Correspondent John Hersey from North Africa:

Numbers are winning the war for us, and night hid the numbers—the many planes, the many tents, the very many men—at our strategic airfields in North Africa when the order came for the largest mission of Fortresses ever sent against a single target in this theater. The night was soon busy. Many bombs were loaded.

In the morning Operations sent around men, woke all crews. After their breakfast they were all carried in many trucks to have their briefing. The target was to be Messina, Sicily's ferry terminus. The huge briefings broke into small briefings,...

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