World Battlefronts: AFTER TWO YEARS

Home after landing with the Marines on Tarawa in the bloodiest battle U.S. soldiers ever fought, TIME Correspondent Robert Sherrod wrote an office memo:

When I came back from Australia in August 1942, everybody said I was crazy, and perhaps I was. I went around Cassandra-fashion, crying: "We are losing the war—you don't realize it, but we are losing the war!''

I knew we could make the machines of war. But I didn't know whether we had the heart to fight a war. Our men didn't want to fight. Their generation had been told in its teens and at the voting age that...

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