FOREIGN RELATIONS: Dear Diary

Because of the rich intelligence harvest that it reaped from captured Japanese diaries, the U.S. Army in World War II became highly diary-conscious. It vigorously emphasized the traditional order forbidding front-line soldiers and officers to keep diaries. One of the men enforcing this order was granite-chinned Major General Robert W. Grow, who ably led the U.S. 6th Armored Division from Utah Beach to Leipzig.

In July 1950, Grow became U.S. military attache in Moscow. In Moscow, the general kept a diary.

Last week Communist propagandists, in a German book called Auf dem Kriegspfad (On the Road to War) reprinted long excerpts...

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