World Battlefronts, THE MEDITERRANEAN: Intestinal Divination

Tension rose in Cairo. Men told each other: Something has got to break. It was like thunder from the desert, an intangible but ever-growing certainty that a blow was about to fall somewhere around the Mediterranean.

Who would strike first? And where? Ordinary men—junior officers, correspondents, British Tommies, U.S. privates—did not have the answer. They simply knew that Churchill had been in Cairo, that reinforcements had been pouring into Egypt, that the British forces had a new aggressive commander (see col. 3).

Men felt in their bones that the indecisive sparring on the...

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