ARMAMENTS: Spotlight on Africa

The U.S. was moving swiftly last week to set up an air screen in a neglected sector: North Africa (see map). By agreement with France, the U.S. would put an estimated $30 million and some 20,000 men into French Morocco. Six enlarged and reconstructed bases, plus one new field, to handle all types of U.S. fighting aircraft, would be ready by midsummer.

Another agreement with Britain, almost completed, provided for improvement and U.S. use of R.A.F. bases protecting Africa: Bengasi and Castel Benito in Libya; Habbaniya and Shaibah in Iraq; airfields around...

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