World War: MEDITERRANEAN THEATER: Wrong Raid

"Italian planes successfully raided Gibraltar and all machines returned to Italy safely after sinking three British destroyers and leaving half of the Rock in flames following a petrol dump explosion."

Mightily surprised were Gibraltar residents, who had seen neither planes nor bombs, to hear this announcement over the Rome radio. Not surprised, but mad clear through, were the people of La Linea, just over the Spanish boundary, when they tuned it in. Early the same morning unidentified planes had swooped over the Spanish town, bombed several houses to bits, killed eight of the townspeople, wounded 19.

Since La Línea had no...

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