Foreign News: Escape from Ponza?

With a fanfare of trumpets the Berlin radio announced:

"Members of the armed SS Guards and Secret Security Service, aided by . . . parachute troops, today carried out an undertaking for the liberation of the Duce, imprisoned by a clique of traitors. The coup was a success.

"Mussolini is at liberty and his delivery to the Anglo-U.S. Allies . . . has been frustrated."

All next day the Nazi propaganda mill ground thrilling details: how the loyal Führer "himself prepared the plan for freeing his friend"; how Italian guards had orders to shoot...

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