This week the Italian press informed the French people that Italy was going to fight them—but not before Tuesday. How well Mussolini's men and machines would operate and in what areas the struggle would develop had now ceased to be a matter of speculation to the sorely beset Allies, become a desperate map problem for their tacticians.

To the Allies, whatever dynamite Mussolini had, seemed to endanger, not so much continental France, as their Mediterranean interests. They feared that Malta and Corsica would be the first places snapped at by the "aspiring" Duce. Even if Spanish...

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