World Battlefronts: When a Hawk Smiles

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Battlewise Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, knew that in taking the Gilbert Islands the U.S. had taken a short step toward Tokyo. The Admiral was proud of that step, but he could see beyond the islands. At his first press conference in nearly a year, he told Honolulu correspondents: "My opinion is that Japan will be defeated from China. . . . China with her reservoir of personnel and the possibility of airfields in easy striking distance of Japan is one of the steps along the...

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