World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: The Jap Strikes First

A momentous conference in Chungking closed last week in deafening silence. For a day and a half Lord Louis Mountbatten, Allied Commander in Southeast Asia, had talked with Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and his wife, with top Chinese generals, with U.S. Lieut. Generals Joseph Stilwell and Brehon Somervell. Then, looking tired, with crow's-feet showing at the corners of his eyes, Lord Louis hurried back to India.

There were no communiqués. But the problems were clear. First & foremost, with good will and common sense, order had to be brought into the chaotic, overlapping organization of the continental front against Japan. Another...

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