Taking a Leaf From Napoleon’s Playbook

Saturday, July 3, 1943

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 3.03.16 PMDespite restrictions on travel, the July 4th partying was already starting on the East Coast. Grand Central experienced the greatest number of passengers coming and going not only for a single day but for the entire weekend. And sighs of relief would certainly go up in many household as the Senate voted to delay drafting fathers. Meanwhile, the Axis leaders were taking a leaf from Napoleon’s book and talking up their impregnable fortifications along the western coast of Europe as well as their beefed-up defense of Greece. At home, the Detroit riots were hardly forgotten as Negro leaders planned a march on Washington and launched complaints about segregation in the armed forces.



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