World Battlefronts, PRISONERS: Visitor at the Vatican

Petty Officer Albert Penny of the Royal Navy was captured by the Italians in August 1940 and interned at Viterbo, 40 miles from Rome. Last week Penny was back in England with a tale to tell.

After two years' internment Penny escaped, stole a bicycle and pedaled into Rome. Knowing Italian, he hailed peasants with a cheery "buon giorno," nodded to Italian soldiers. Inside Rome he "very coldly spent some time visiting the sights of the Eternal City." As British tourists have done for years, he visited the tombs of Keats and Shelley,...

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