Pacific. The Gilberts fell in 76 hours, the Marines on Tarawa won their bloodiest battle, and the U.S. Navy was launched on its drive through the Central Pacific. Logical next step: to the bigger, stronger Jap positions in the Marshall Islands.
Asia. Major General Claire Chennault's medium bombers and fighters, attacking Formosa, indicated that his Fourteenth Air Force is preparing for future longrange blows against Japan.
Germany. Berlin caught hell.
Italy. Said the Eighth Army's General Sir Bernard Law Montgomery: "We've finally got what we wanted after hard fighting in dreadful weather." What the Eighth's men had won: a foothold on the Rome...