World: Urgency Under Assault

Best indication of how urgent the British consider the fighting in Libya: they risked a major task force to get a convoy through the Mediterranean from Gibraltar this week. No matter what the cost, it would be worth it; some help would get through.

The Italians announced that they jumped-up the convoy—a mighty one, with two aircraft carriersצff Sardinia, and at once began a running attack. In their first attack they claimed to have sunk two cruisers, one destroyer, four supply ships; to have damaged a carrier, a battleship, seven other craft. This, they boasted, was only a beginning.

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