ITALY: Neutral on the Spot

Benito Mussolini last week caused to be published in every Italian newspaper and aired by every radio station a momentous telegram from Adolf Hitler:

"I am convinced that, thanks to German military strength, I will be able to accomplish the task set for me. Under these circumstances, I do not think I shall require military assistance from Italy."

Day before, B. Mussolini's Council of Ministers announced that in the German-Polish war, "whose origin lies in the Versailles Treaty," Italy would take no part. And B. Mussolini, in his reply to Franklin Roosevelt's plea...

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