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December 23, 1944


JAMA. 1944;126(17):1087-1088. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850520029013

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The ever tightening encirclement of Germany and the increased flow of men and supplies to the Allied Armies indicate ultimate victory in Europe in the not too distant future. Germany has not, however, been defeated, and military leaders assert that bitter fighting is still ahead. However, assurance has been given that victory will be ours in the European war. Without minimizing the efforts that must be given by all to attain an early defeat of Germany, the problems of winning the war against the Japanese must be considered also.

Armies and navies are organized and equipped to achieve specific objectives. They are no longer rigidly constituted bodies conforming to traditional tables of organization; instead, they are built now to accomplish definite aims. Successful operations against the Japanese will no doubt require a striking force different from that used against the Germans. After the occupation of Germany a reorganization of the

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