THE FRONT: Solemn Hours

Soon after dawn in Asmara, Eritrea, Il Duce's Son-in-law Count Galeazzo Ciano climbed into his flying clothes and stepped out to start the war personally. Seven huge Caproni bombers, black against the pale morning light, were already lined up; their engines idling. Il Duce's two sons, Bruno and Vittorio, now lieutenants in the air force, saluted, and took their places. Overalled mechanics crouched under each plane, screwing fuses in gleaming rows of high explosive bombs. In his pilot's seat Count Ciano opened the throttle, then waved his hand as a signal. The...

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