Over the North African radio came a Texas soldier's voice:
This is General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Commander in Chief of the Allied Forces.
The Italian Government has surrendered its armed forces unconditionally. . . . I have granted a military armistice, the terms of which have been approved by the Governments of the United Kingdom, the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. . . . The armistice . . . becomes effective this instant.
The "instant" was 6:30 p.m., Sept. 8, 1943. All that day the wave lengths down...