World: Whipsaw

If they needed it, Hitler and Mussolini got a reminder last week of their weaknesses.

While Hitler poured air strength into Africa, the Allies whipsawed him by unleashing the war's biggest daylight air raid on northern Europe. On a Sabbath dawn the first of an armada of some 600 planes streaked across the Dover Straits into France. Targets for heavy, high-flying U.S. bombers were the Abbeville-Drucat airfield and the Fives-Lille locomotive works. The target for British light bombers was the vital Philips wireless valve and radio plant in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Flying so low that one gunner saw the sun glint on...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!