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YANK MAGAZINE correspondent Robert Bendiner (1910 - 2009) summed-up the last 125 days of W.W. II, an action-packed period that began with the death of FDR on April 12, and ended with the Japanese surrender on August 10, 1945. He pointed out that within that span of time remarkable changes had been made; not merely the deaths of Hitler, Mussolini and the collapse of Imperial Japan, but it was clear to many that the stage was being set for an entirely new world. The foundations were in place for the creation of a "durable world security organization" and as if that wasn't enough, there was a new, hideous weapon called the "Atomic Bomb" that would cast a long shadow across the land and mark this new era as a unique period in world history.

"After a streak like that it would not be surprising if a revulsion against 'big news' should set in. It may well be that people long to pick up a paper in which nothing more cosmic is reported than the city's reception of a visiting channel-swimmer, and nothing more violent than a tie-up on the Magnolia Avenue trolley line."

     


The Last 125 Days of the War (Yank Magazine, 1945)

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