World Battlefronts, THE WEEK: The Slow Pace

Pacific. The pincers against the Jap strong point at Rabaul slowly tightened. Douglas MacArthur seized a New Britain beachhead 270 miles to the southwest, secured it. Army bombers hammered in daily schedule at the Marshalls, writing a prelude to invasion. The drive on Tokyo went still at the infantryman's pace.

Russia. Between the Pripet Marshes and Leningrad, the Red Army smashed into the enemy in a new offensive, moved 19 miles on a 50-mile front in five days. At Kherson, 640 miles to the south, it drove the enemy from his bridgehead on the Dnieper's south bank....

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