World War: When Is the Offensive?

No admiral is more acutely interested in the naval action which last week furrowed the blue Mediterranean than General Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck, Commander in Chief of the British forces in the Middle East. The chief naval objective of the British in the Mediterranean is the interruption of the Axis convoys that ferry from Italy to Libya, to supply the Axis forces in the Western Desert. In the state of Axis strength in Africa, General Auchinleck has a very special interest: he may want to test it one day soon.

By last week some guessers placed Italy's losses in the effort...

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