World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: Into the Stolen Empire

At a secret U.S. air base in China, Brigadier General Claire Chennault squinted over photographs of bomb-scarred Linhsi after the first U.S. foray into North China. Said he: "It's going to be a cold winter in Japan." Riding huge four-motored Consolidated Liberators, Chennault's bombers had struck hard at Linhsi's Kailan coalfields. Those mines, 75 miles northeast of Tientsin, yield one-third of China's normal coal production, furnish much fuel for Japan's heavy industries and domestic heating.

Four days later the Commander of U.S. Air Forces in China sent his raiders over Hong Kong, plastering the docks, warehouses and power station of Britain's...

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