Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1943
From one end of the country to the other, newspapers reported the good news: The Russians had inflicted heavy losses on the German Army. In fact, the German people were being told at last about the hardships they faced – although Hitler promised them ultimate victory. Open revolts broke out in France. Rommel was retreating in Africa. Improved war planes were a new factor in Allied success, especially in the Pacific. “Win with Planes,” MacArthur had proclaimed yesterday describing how air power had transformed fighting in that theater. All of these developments buoyed American spirits in the middle of winter and fed hopes that the war would end soon.