World Battlefronts: Paradise into Hell

The Marshalls, probably the next step on the long, coral road to Tokyo through the mid-Pacific, got some stiff but preliminary pokes last week.

Far-ranging Liberators of Major General Willis Kale's Seventh Air Force struck from runways somewhere in the Central Pacific; they may have used Tarawa's air strip. The bomb doses were small (15 to 40 tons in two of four Army raids). Resistance was light: 20 Zeros appeared over Mili atoll, tried (and failed) to slap the raiders with anti-bomber bombs dropped from above in the German manner. In smaller force, Navy...

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