ITALY: What Now?

Italy's forlorn Government shuffled up from Salerno, creaked into a new seat at Rome. Bearded, bitter Premier Ivanoe Bonomi and his fellow ministers held their first meeting in the greystone Palazzo del Viminale. It was an unhappy, feckless af fair. Almost a year after Italy's surrender, little more than a month after the ousting of Marshal Pietro Badoglio, Italy's Government had neither power nor responsibility. It could do little without Allied permission. It administered in name, under the cloud of defeat, under the weight of the Allies' unpublished armistice.

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