Hitler and Mussolini last week revived their old act —The Big Talk. This time it was staged on the Königssee near Salzburg, at Castle Fuschl, which belongs to German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop's papa. It was followed by the usual windy notices from their press-agents and the usual cyclone of rumors from their stooges. Mussolini even sent Hitler the tried & tested telegram: "The meeting will be an unforgettable memory."

The Big Talk might have touched on any number of important subjects: the coming offensives, war weariness in the Axis, U.S. war effort, food and labor shortages, materiel problems,...

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