World Battlefronts: Blockade Busters

As allies Japan and Germany can and have complemented one another in military action despite the 5,600 miles separating Berlin from Tokyo. Economic collaboration is tougher: Russia is a land barrier between the two Axis nations and sea communications are circuitous and hazardous. Last week there were indications that the Axis had made at least a start toward surmounting those obstacles.

Premier General Hideki Tojo, on the anniversary of the Italian-German declarations of war upon the U.S., boasted that rubber, tin and other resources captured in the South Pacific were being used effectively to prosecute the war. "I think it a pleasure,"...

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