Ban Facts

The North African communique of Dec. 4 had said only that "damage was done. There were a number of casualties."

Last week, almost a fortnight later, the Washington Post broke the story of how devastating the German air raid damage at Italy's Bari harbor really was, how high the casualties (see p. 27). Bari had been the costliest "sneak attack" since Pearl Harbor. A high Administration official told a newsman: "You're going to hear more about that raid before you hear less."Somebody at Bari underestimated the Nazis.

Secretary of War Stimson apparently had intended to release a few Bari details at...

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