BATTLE OF EUROPE: Beneath Benito's Moon

Clouds shrouded the Alps and, with the cold of the high altitudes, made icing a constant hazard. Mists lay in the valleys. But when the British bombers came within sight of Genoa the clouds had gone. Italy's old and historic city, lying at the foot of the Apennines at the sea's edge, was a perfect target under the bright moon.

Flares dropped by the first wave of planes illumined the Genoese forts and the armament and shipbuilding plants which were the R.A.F.'s objectives. Huge two-ton bombs plummeted down. Genoa lighted up in flame.

Wave after wave, altogether some 200 planes, roared...

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