ITALY: People's Army

The Government of Premier Ivanoe Bonomi called for the creation of Italy's own volunteer army.

The idea was first suggested by popular, doughty General Arnaldo Azzi. He urged that the Royal Italian Army should be reformed, drop its oath of allegiance to the House of Savoy, change its name to Esercito Nazionale (National Army). For his pains the General was retired.

Then the Communist Party announced that it would promote a people's army. The Socialist and Action Parties, both of the left opposition, added their cordial endorsement. Palmiro Togliatti, who is both Italy's Vice Premier and Communist Party secretary, presumably took...

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