Christmas: 1942

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The pattern had changed; but the spirit was the same. The bells in the tall church spires would peal out across the land; the greetings, the hand clasps would be more heartfelt than ever. It would take more than a year of global war to dim out American good will.

(On Christmas day, 1917, the British Air Squadron thought it was doing well: it dropped one ton of bombs on Mannheim. Few days before, the Kaiser had roared in Berlin: "We must bring peace to the world by battering in with the iron fist and shining sword the doors of those who will not have peace.")

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