World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF AUSTRALIA: Secondary Front

The tide of fighting in Russia and Egypt, the tone of talk in Washington and London made it clear to Australia last week that one of its worst fears was realized. Australia had become a secondary, rather than a second, front. Obviously Britain and the U.S. were headed toward a second front in Europe, not in the Pacific, leaving Australia for the moment to hold a purely defensive position with the aid of U.S. soldiers and supplies already there. In the opinion of United Nations strategists, Australia could do it, though none, least of all General Douglas MacArthur, was expected...

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