World Battlefronts: Home Is The Sailor

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One of the decisive sea battles of history was fought last week in the placid waters between Java and Borneo. It was the naval battle for Java. It was a battle for the last bulwark against Japanese conquest of the Indies, a battle for the Southwest Pacific, a battle for a great chunk of the world's seas and sea power. It was a battle fought too late and in the wrong place, lost before it began.

The commander of the allied Dutch and U.S. Fleets* knew that the battle was lost. Vice Admiral...

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