SABOTAGE: Republic Saved

Chief of Staff George Catlett Marshall last August discussed a subject which Army men seldom mention in public : the difficulties of defending the Panama Canal.

Said he (to a Senate subcommittee): "It is a terrific task to guarantee that the Canal will remain open while we still permit commercial traffic through it: Yet it is unthinkable that we would suppress commercial traffic. So we always have a hazard there. . . ."What General Marshall had in mind was the danger that some supposedly innocent tanker, tramp steamer or fishing boat on its way through the locks...

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