World Battlefronts: For Once, Men Could Laugh

From Okinawa this week TIME Correspondent Robert Sherrod, veteran observer of the battles of Attu, Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima, radioed:

Nothing stranger has occurred in the Pacific war than the Tenth Army landings on Okinawa. Soldiers and marines stepped ashore with slightly more opposition than they would have had in maneuvers off the coast of California. To say merely that they were bewildered is to gild the lily of understatement. Where was the withering machine-gun fire? Where were the murderous 320-mm. mortars, the gin. rockets? Where were the fanatic Japs? They were not defending...

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