A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 14, 1944

To answer some of the questions our subscribers have been asking about how TIME gathers, verifies, writes and distributes its news.

Will Lang of TIME was one of the seven American newsmen who waded ashore with the American troops when they made their surprise landing just below Rome, joined a battalion moving up for the first attack at dawn—as he had often done before.

Lang got his baptism of fire in Italy the second day of Salerno, when he found himself the only correspondent with an American regiment that was completely surrounded and cut off from the coast by superior German forces.

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