you see more clearly

by looking in the mirror.

In the spring of 1941

the enemy force

(more than 150 divisions,

about 3.8 million men)

invades along

the entire East Coast of the US,

from Maine to Florida.

Although we have

a reasonably large army,

the surprise and ferocity of the attack

drives US forces quickly back

several hundred miles.

Losses are huge:

Entire US army groups

are destroyed and captured.

By December of 1942,

enemy forces have advanced

across a front line which extends

from Chicago in the North

to Houston in the South.

They are at the gates

of the US capital,

which is now in St Louis.

They occupy or besiege

most of the major US cities.