World War: Pearl Swallowed

General Ion Antonescu stood on a green hill overlooking Odessa, German binoculars fixed on a covey of his Rumanian Army planes that were blanketing the city with leaflets. Back in Bucharest, Nephew Mihai, now Acting Premier in the General's absence, waited anxiously . for news of Uncle Ion's first major assignment from his Nazi bosses.

In Odessa, the war-reduced population (normal: 600,000) scanned the leaflets which read not unlike the manifestoes of the late great barbarian Genghis Khan: "The main forces of my Army are at the gates of the city and other large units are following them. Do not offer resistance....

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