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...