War: Gloom Again

The number of Communist troops in Korea, according to allied intelligence, rose in one week from 600,000 to 700,000. General Omar Bradley, briefing the National Security Council in Washington, said that a million Red troops were assembled in Manchuria. That made a total of 1,700,000 men available for immediate or eventual use against the comparatively slender (275,000) U.N. forces.

As ominous as the buildup of enemy ground forces was an aggressive show of Red air strength. In the biggest aerial combats of the war, Communist planes struck tellingly at U.N. raids on Red supply lines (see The Air War). Would enemy aircraft...

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