Like Peeling an Onion in Reverse

The giant CH-46 helicopter lifted off slowly from its landing pad inside the U.S. Marine compound, its pilot careful to avoid jerking the huge netted crate that hung like ballast beneath it. With machine gunners at the ready, it whirred low over the beachside terrain and headed for U.S. Navy ships on the horizon, there to set down its cargo just as gingerly. Meanwhile, 400 yds. to the west, a steady stream of landing craft nosed into a heavily fortified jetty and began collecting a seemingly endless line of forklift pallets lashed to more wooden...

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