SPAIN: Chewed Up

A word that no Italian likes to hear is "Caporetto," the name of the Alpine village where in 1917 the Italian army broke and ran in the most ignominious rout of the War. Italians heard that word many times last week as fact after fact emerged to show that the defeat of the Italian legions was overwhelming, catastrophic, perhaps un piccolo Caporetto ("a little Caporetto"). Air fighters on both sides are now so good that daylight bombing of important centres is considered too risky. Madrid has not been daylight-bombed for two months....

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