BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Thrust from Davao

The next prize that the Jap wants is the rich Netherlands East Indies. Last week while he was still fighting in Luzon and Malaya he struck at the Indies, for their supplies of oil, rubber, metals and all the other storied riches by whose possession he could tilt the economy of the war.

To the Indies' stubborn Dutch and their broad-faced, able commander, Lieut. General Hein ter Poorten, the thrust was deadly in its possibilities, as it was to the rest of the Allies. To the U.S. it was also bitterly humiliating. The Jap struck from U.S. territory.

His chief base...

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