World: Good Hunting

"The Germans are out of Egypt, but there still are some left in North Africa. There is some good hunting to be had farther to the west in Libya."

That exultant message General Sir Bernard Law Montgomery* sent to his troops last week. Erwin Rommel, crippled if not yet destroyed, continued to flee. The victorious Eighth Army, spurred by its commander, pressed on his heels.

Behind the fleeing Germans and Italians was a littered trail: ledgers, military manuals, permits for furloughs, letters from home; tins of Danish hams, Norwegian herring, Dutch sausages, French wines, Munich beer; trumpets, tubas, drums (to be used in...

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