THE FRONT: Three Rivers

At Gorrahei, Italy's advance base on the Southern front last week, bugles blew, whistles shrilled, field telephones jangled all day long. Staff officers beat on their folding desks, demanding action while sergeants stalked about impressively. Sweating squads of half-naked soldiers unloaded dust-coated trucks, then for no apparent reason loaded them up again. Field ambulances rolled through the town. Swarms of airplanes took off for mysterious destinations. Something big was happening over beyond the Shibeli River where the black tribesmen of Ras Desta Demtu, hard-working little son-in-law of Haile Selassie, were hiding...

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