World Battlefronts, STRATEGY: The War Will Not Wait

Last week an illusion died. It was the illusion that Britain and the U.S. could husband their might until 1943 or 1944, then win the war by retrieving what Germany and Japan had taken in the meantime. As Germany coiled for a spring offensive somewhere in Russia (see p. 24), as the Japanese locked the southwest Pacific (see p. 21), the United Nations absorbed the fact that their war can be lost in 1942.

Where and How? Throughout the anti-Axis world, the answering cry rose: Take the offensive; defense will lose the war. In military councils, in the press, among the...

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