World: Design by Lanza

A clear study of the continent as an invasion objective has come from a remarkable but little-known U.S. Army figure: 65-year-old Colonel Conrad H. Lanza, retired. At his home in Manchester, N.H., Colonel Lanza reads the newspapers, tunes in foreign broadcasts with a short-wave receiver, studies maps, applies the background knowledge acquired during 44 years as an army officer. Results: articles which at times have made General Staff officers gasp and wonder where Colonel Lanza was getting his "secret" information.

Conrad Lanza was born (in New York) of a titled Italian family, according to Army friends. He looked the part in his...

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