World War, STRATEGY: Grappled Octopus

Last winter, when the British were strangling the Italians all over Africa, the many-tentacled octopus of Empire worked hard for Britain. But last week, its tired tentacles grappling desperately in many directions, the octopus' weakness was too apparent.

The fighting in Iraq (see p. 28) threatened the whole Moslem area of Empire—India as well as the Arab world. Disaffections, torn loyalties, old grudges: all these might even swing the Moslem parts of the Empire into the enemy's arms. The disaster of Greece (see p. 38) had brought up Dominion jealousies, which did...

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