World War: FAR EASTERN THEATER: Waiting for 1943

Chungking withstood its 33rd bombing of the 1941 season last week. Of 135 Japanese planes that swarmed over Szechwan Province, 27 blasted the capital. Chinese huddling stoically in their shelters could tell by the way the earth shook that this raid, like those of the last few weeks, was as heavy punishment as the Japanese could inflict.

But the Chinese no longer felt alone, as they did a year ago. Then the Burma Road was closed. Then the western democracies were trying to appease Japan. Then Japan seemed unbeatable.

Last week China was...

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