World Battlefronts: INDIAN OCEAN: Key to a Salient

The Jap's big advantage—operation on interior lines—may continue to win him battles. But it cannot win a global war from a foe that still hems him in. On this basic principle of strategy the Jap got two object lessons last week.

One was the Battle of the Coral Sea (see p. 18), where his attempt to break through to the outside across the United Nations' sea lines of communication was smashed. The other was the taking of Madagascar by the British.

The Jap was still busy, and wondrously successful, in the first steps...

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