World Battlefronts: Beyond the Gilberts

In the island-studded stretches of the Pacific, the U.S. Navy was in heavy battle against the Japanese. It was not a single battle, but many. The results were not as yet decisive, for the cloud of censorship was as thick as the cloud of battle. But this much was clear: the Navy had task forces out, and they were at work.

U.S. citizens learned from Tokyo that a task force ranging 2,900 miles west from Pearl Harbor had raided a Japanese island in the Bonin group. Tokyo made the expected observation: only superficial damage was done. The fact stood, nevertheless, that the...

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