Foreign News: The Gloves Are Off

The fighting grew fiercer in Java last week. Japanese soldiers helped the British in a sharp action at Semarang in central Java. U.S.-made Sherman tanks helped British Indian troops finally clear most of Surabaya. Noisy, effective Indonesian radio stations cried to the youth of the Indies to rise and join their jungle columns. At week's end the British sped Mosquito-borne rockets into two radio stations.

A wave of fresh recriminations spared only the Japanese, whom the British found to be "good troops." The Indonesians charged the Dutch with "burning our villages and murdering our people," and a British officer confirmed the report...

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