World Battlefronts, THE PACIFIC: The Way to Tokyo

Last week warships, transports and merchantmen in categories and quantities never seen before crept into Pearl Harbor, crept out again. The distant boom of practising naval guns reverberated through the silvery warm winter mornings.

Some 2,500 miles to the southwest, Navy planes lifted into the sky, soared west to strike tentatively at Jap-held Kusaie in the Carolines, staging point for supplies bound for the Jap—held Marshalls (see map).

At the Marshalls themselves Army and Navy bombers continued to pound, as they had for two months—bombing and strafing Wotje, Maleolap, Jaluit, Mili and Kwajalein,...

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