World War: Nightmare Nostrum

Great Britain's fleet at Gibraltar welcomed the assignment last week of escorting three supply ships bound for Malta through what Italy still calls Mare Nostrum ("Our Sea") but which cartoonists now label Nightmare Nostrum. It was known that what was left of the Italian Navy after Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham's brilliant aerial-torpedo stab into its main base at Taranto (TIME, Nov. 25) had scuttled for a more remote hideaway, probably Cagliari on Sardinia's south coast or Naples on the mainland. Perhaps the British keepers of the western gate of Italy's prison, under...

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