General Dwight D. Eisenhower set himself a time limit as he left Italy to command the cross-Channel invasion. Said he, flatly: "We will win the European war in 1944."

The cross-Channel invasion will take only "a few months" to destroy Germany, forecast Vice President Wallace. This bit of punditry came 48 hours after President Roosevelt told the nation that "a quick end to the war [is] false reasoning."

Prediction expiring, unfulfilled: Admiral William Halsey's, that 1943 would bring "complete, absolute defeat for the Axis." Said Admiral Halsey: "I refuse to gaze into the crystal ball any more. . . . Only God...

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