BATTLE OF AFRICA: The Prelude

Perhaps the men of the Eighth Army, crawling forward into the Axis minefields at El Alamein, began more than they knew last week.

> Cairo censors allowed correspondents to suggest that the defeat of the Afrika Korps was an indispensable preliminary to invasion of southern Europe.

> R.A.F. bombs on Genoa, Turin, Savona and Milan, smashing Italian industry and shipping (see p. 27), also drove home to the Italian people the warnings in their own press that Italy itself was in danger, that Italians might soon have to fight "on several Mediterranean...

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