World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: Slender Straws

Chungking sorely needed straws of hope to grasp. With dismaying speed the Japanese were surging toward Kweiyang, all-important rail terminus and highway junction linking China's capital to the southwest. If Kweiyang fell, the delivery end of the Burma Road would be cut, the Japs would be only 235 air miles from Chungking itself.

Even in China there was a limit upon the space that could be traded for time. The hard reckoning was that the next two months might throw the balance against China, that China might be knocked out of the war....

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