World War, SOUTHERN THEATRE: Bardia & Excuses

Two new characters entered the southern war theatre last week—"Long Lizzie" and "Bardia Bill," so named by the ever jocular British. Both were big naval rifles, emplaced ashore and manned by seamen from the opposing fleets. Lizzie was Italian, Bill a Britisher.* Savagely they hurled huge shells in & out of the besieged Italian stronghold of Bardia, Lizzie occasionally lobbing a few 15 miles along the coast toward Salum, which until Bardia should fall was the British column's sole supply port.

Bill's advantage over Lizzie was that he was supported by at least 250 lesser cannon which the British kept...

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