World Battlefronts: Tact

When U.S. commanders in Britain, addressing soldiers, are so brilliantly devoid of tact that they make discomforting headlines, British officialdom must pay attention. Last week the British censor's office in London asked British newspaper editors and foreign correspondents not to report speeches by Allied "senior officers" to troops henceforth without an okay from the censor.

Reason given: Allied commanders should feel free to instruct, exhort or inspire their men without fear of public reverberations. The tactful British did not connect their request in any way with Lieut. General George S. Patton Jr.'s...