POWER POLITICS: Fleets to the East

Black smoke from the funnels of Italian warships smudged the serene blue skies of the eastern Mediterranean last week. Beneath the clear blue waters of Mare Nostrum lurked Italian submarines. The Italian press showed no signs of abating its anti-Ally campaign, and across the Alps in Germany a visiting Fascist Grand Councilman, one Pietro Capoferri, cried to a group of chemical workers: "When Il Duce gives us the command we will march with you, to the triumph of justice and liberty."

That London and Paris thought Il Duce was really on the warpath was too obvious to be concealed. A French...

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