U.S. At War: Total War, 73%

When U.S.-British troops land on the bristling beaches of northwestern Europe, will American boys do most of the fighting and dying? Three U.S. Senators, none of them notably internationally minded, asked the nation to pause and think it over.

Colorado's Edwin C. Johnson had reduced it all to neat percentages. Said he: the invasion army would be 73% American, only 27% British. Speaking as a Military Affairs Committeeman, Senator Johnson blurted out his statistics without any special criticism of anyone. But he thought they "might be a shock to some Americans."

Promptly and vocally shocked was Montana's British-baiting Burton K. Wheeler, who still...

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