World Battlefronts, STRATEGY: The Meaning of Disasters

All the isolated disasters were so absorbing, one by one, that it was very easy to miss their cataclysmic total: The Axis, in one sudden week, emerged as a great combination of sea power.

U.S.-British supremacy depends upon command of the world's strategic narrows and ports and deeps. Last week the command was challenged.

The fall of Singapore opened the Indian Ocean to the Axis. The escape of three German ships from Brest meant that the German Fleet was something to reckon with. The wavering of Vichy reminded the world that France's Fleet is...

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