Foreign News: Snafu

Italy's new Premier, gentle Ivanoe Bonomi, got a rough ultimatum from London: put ex-Premier Marshal Pietro Badoglio back in the Cabinet, or else. For Italy's anti-Fascist politicians, proud of their "pure-of-Fascism" Government, it was a grievous blow.

Their neat coup of June 9 had left the onetime Fascist Marshal out in the cold. But they had reckoned without the wrath of Winston Churchill. Only a fortnight earlier the British Prime Minister had patted the Badoglio Government on the back, given it his "every confidence" (TIME, June 5). Now the anti-Fascist Italians stood...

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