The Hand That Held the Dagger

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For 20 days terror fell from the sky. Each day it grew worse. The intervals grew fewer when troops could smoke with out a bomb blast blowing the cigarets out of their fingers. This was the "prolonged, scientific and shattering" bombing which Winston Churchill had threatened six months before. It had come with a fury such as no spot on earth had experienced before. "Impregnable" Pantelleria, Benito Mussolini's Gibraltar in what he once called Mare Nostrum, was doomed.

Twice the Italian garrison had been invited to surrender. Admiral Gino Pavesi, senior Italian...

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