World Battlefronts, THE MEDITERRANEAN: Not Without Loss

Last week, defiant of military logic, the Royal Navy made another try. Not since last June, when Axis raiders unmercifully pounded a fleet of slow-moving Allied cargo vessels in the western Mediterranean, have the United Nations tried to push another convoy through that hazardous sea. The Axis, entrenched along the shores where the sea funnels into the 100-mile-wide straits south of Sicily, boasted that it could not be done.

Into the Funnel. From the Strait of Gibraltar "twenty steamers, escorted by three battleships (two of them of the Nelson class*), four aircraft...

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