World War: MIDDLE EASTERN THEATER: Game Over?

Compared to the razzle-dazzle, full-blast Russo-German world series. General Sir Henry Maitland Wilson's Syrian campaign last week seemed like a bland rural cricket match with luncheon intervals and time out for tea. But with Damascus fallen, Beirut tottering, Palmyra (Tadmor) encircled and a drive on for the important road junctions and airport at Horns, it looked as though the match would soon be won by Sir Henry's British-Free French team.

Strong indication that the game would end shortly was seen in the arrival at Ankara last week of the Vichy Cabinet's Undersecretary Jacques Gabriel Benoist-Méchin, reportedly to arrange an evacuation...

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