AUSTRALIA: Help to the Middle East

In the crucial days of early 1942, Australia compelled Winston Churchill to send home its ground units from the Middle East to protect its own shores from the Japanese. Last week, for the first time since then, Australia moved back into the Middle East. It announced that it would send an R.A.A.F. jet fighter wing to help the British, and provide support for a new international Middle East Command.

The move would leave Australia without first-line air defense at home: two of its squadrons are now in Malaya, two others in Korea. But Australia has moved forward since its...

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