World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF EUROPE: Base of History

From London, TIME Correspondent William Walton cabled this impression of pre-invasion Britain:

The dawn of 1944, the Invasion Year, fingering through the Channel mists, lights a new Britain. This is not the Britain of Stratford, of grazing sheep, of humdrum shopkeepers running an empire; not a Britain sorely wounded but unconquered by the Luftwaffe; not a Britain brooding over Tobruk, sighing with relief after El Alamein. This is a Britain in the full tide of action, of imminent victory.

Thunder in the Air. Beyond the tonic news of victories at sea, of burning...

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