POWER POLITICS: Whither Germany, Where Italy?

Such is the awesome reputation of Adolf Hitler that last week, notwithstanding the terrible fact that the Führer was in the midst of the world's greatest and perhaps most decisive battle (see p. 23), the world wondered where he would strike next. Two nations trembled most fearfully.

Swiss Blitz? The Swiss had good reason to believe the next blow was soon coming their way. The Army passed from partial to full mobilization, 600,000 troops. Many Swiss mechanized units which had been massed on the frontiers were moved to central Switzerland to attack any...

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