World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: The General Goes Home

To leathery, hard-bitten General Joseph W. Stilwell went the final practical proof of what the textbooks had told him 40 years before at West Point: there is more to war than just fighting. Last week "Uncle Joe," hero of Burma and the U.S.'s No. 1 soldier in China, was summarily relieved and ordered home.

The White House announcement, published only three months after Stilwell had been made the Army's sixth four-star general,* was a crisp, close-mouthed paragraph. It gave no explanation of General Stilwell's unceremonious removal from his glamorous list of jobs as...

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