World War, SOUTHERN THEATRE: Last Act in East Africa

Airplanes turned the trick in East Africa last week. Resistance of the Italian Empire, which had appeared to be stiffening, suddenly collapsed. Everywhere the extra factor which made the difference was a clap of bombing and a clatter of strafing by planes of the British Empire, for the British had learned the lesson taught by the Germans in Poland, Norway and the Low Countries: that an air force can be used in lieu of artillery to strike where artillery cannot reach because of distance or rough terrain.

Cheren fell. There about 35,000 Italians...

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