TIME Correspondent George Johnston last week cabled this dispatch from New Guinea:

If there were a bottle of beer or a flask of Scotch in the 180,000 square miles of Allied New Guinea, some of the thousands of doughboys now fighting in 98° temperature of the north-coast jungles might be able to build up some sort of festive spirit this Christmas. But there isn't.

There will be neither peace nor good will nor much reason for celebration unless it is to celebrate the victory at Buna, for which the Americans and Australians are still furiously fighting as I write this dispatch with Christmas...

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