World Battlefronts, THE WAR: What to Do?

Through the week Adolf Hitler was deeply engaged in urgent discussions with Germany's top military commanders. The question: What to do?

Dispatches from a neutral source of the German frontier pointed out an apt historical parallel: Kaiser Wilhelm II's celebrated meeting with his Crown Council in August 1918, when the German war lords of that day decided that bitter, drawn-out fighting might yet weary the Allies into granting a soft peace.

Something of the sort may have been in the minds of Hitler's men; they had ample reason. The nation whose military gospel had been to fight on one front at...