If Italy is really going to fight Great Britain for supremacy in Africa, she must launch an overland campaign to take Alexandria. Main base for this attack must be Libya, where, since Air Marshal Italo Balbo's death,* fire-eating Marshal Rodolfo Graziani has been getting ready. (Onset of the rainy season in Ethiopia had slowed up preparations for a supplementary attack northward up the Nile tributaries from the Sudan border.)

Hopping-off place for Graziani's attack is Tobruch, Italy's coastal base near the Egyptian border, protected by nearby air bases at El Aden...

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