THE FRONT: Positives

Of the three Italian armies fronting Ethiopia on the North, South and East the first two have been well-publicized but Il Duce masked his Eastern Army in such reticence that last week even the name of its General was still unknown to the world.

Reason: the Eastern Army, striving to bite its way in from Assab on the Red Sea to cut Ethiopia's only railway near Dire Dawa, (see p. 17), faces obstacles of terrain all but insurmountable. It must skirt the blazing, uninhabitable Danakil Desert, worm its way up jagged mountain gorges, cross fever-ridden swamps. Only chance for quick...

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