SOUTHERN THEATRE: Battle of Cyrenaica

Rome and Naples bubbled joyously one day last week. Marshal Rodolfo Graziani's "Terribili" legions in Libya had turned terribly on their British attackers and terribly smashed them to bits. They had taken 50,000—100,000—150,000 prisoners. They were marching triumphantly eastward again along their Via Vittoria (Victory Road) to Sidi Barrani in Egypt. Roman history had been made!

Bitterly the Italian High Command had to correct these reports. The "Terribili" were not marching eastward. The High Command did not stress the fact that they were running westward, farther and farther into Libya. The prisoners were...

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