World War: Shavetails in Eritrea

Last week the campaign in Eritrea began to look like another Italo-British speed contest (see above). From Kassala, a few miles inside Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, the British pursued Italians 68 miles to Biscia, head of a railway running down to the Red Sea port of Massaua. Operating here in rough foothills covered with dry six-foot scrub where lions and elephants are more at home than tanks, the British, although forced for the most part to hug the roads, kept so hot after the retreating Italians that the latter scarcely fought even rear-guard actions, until...

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