World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: China's Liberators

Two years ago this month, Premier Luang Pitul Songgram sideslipped tiny Thailand into war with Great Britain and the U.S. The excuse: the R.A.F. had bombed Bangkok. The reason: Japan looked like a sure winner.

Last week, for the first time, Major General Claire L. Chennault's China-based Liberators thundered over the pagodaed Siamese capital. They bombed railroad yards, an airdrome, started fires visible 60 miles away. Bleated Luang Pitul: the attack on "a small nation like Thailand . . . was just as easy as going to the golf course. It is impossible for...

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