Said Britain's Winston Churchill: "The [European] war is going so well we must not underrate the tenacity of the enemy. . . . But I hope in 1944 we shall bring him to bay."
Said South Africa's Jan Christiaan Smuts: "A long road and heavy fighting ... lie ahead [in Europe]. But we are nearer the end than the beginning, and the next year should see it ended."
Said Japan's Hideki Tojo: "The [Pacific] war cannot be won easily. . . . [But] 1944 will be our year to win."