SOUTHERN THEATRE: Italy in Arms

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For all his cheek-puffing and chest-swelling, his bellicose roars of Roman conquest from the balcony of the Palazzo Venezia (TIME, June 17), Dictator Benito Mussolini last week did not hurl his Italian war machine into World War II in German Blitzkrieg style. He had entered the war not to fight so much as to share a victory. Waiting for that time, he naturally edged into action cautiously. He laid some mines, dropped a few bombs, fired a few torpedoes, started a few tanks rolling in the remote Somalilands (see above). His...

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