World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: A Difference of Opinion

For 17 months Lieut. General Joseph W. Stilwell has been under fire in Washington, London and New Delhi. Critics said the new Ledo Road from India to China (TIME, Oct. 11) was not worth the effort; construction would take too long, even at best it would never carry sufficient supplies.

In India's capital last week, "Vinegar Joe'' Stilwell sat rigidly in his rattan-cane armchair, long fingers playing with his favorite cigaret holder, eyes almost shut. Curtly he replied to his critics: the Ledo Road fulfills two U.S. objectives: 1) to get at least some supplies to blockaded China; 2) to set...

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