STRATEGY: Axis on Second Front

Hitler obviously cannot let Mussolini lose in Albania and Libya. The former campaign, planned as a pushover, was to have been only the warm-up for a much larger Axis drive into the Near East conducted in the usual Hitler manner: politics backed by power. The thrust into Egypt, even if not successful in capturing Suez, was at least to occupy Britain's full strength in the Near East while other Axis victories were won northeast of Suez. Now both shows had not only flopped but threatened to cost the Axis dear in power and prestige. Reports began flowing about Germans...

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