Italy's object in the far-flung bush battles of the war in East Africa is to bite off pieces of France's colonies in the north, gain control of Egypt and the Suez, and bite into Great Britain's holdings in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, British Somaliland, Kenya Colony.

Last week the strength of Italian forces massed under Marshal Rodolfo Graziani in Libya for a drive eastward at Alexandria were estimated at two divisions (30,000 men). British authorities prepared the public for a "strategic retreat" of their forces from El Sollum, near the Libyan border, to the...

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