AT SEA: R.N. at Taranto

Paramount in Great Britain's grand war strategy is knocking out Italy first, then coping with Hitler. This program began to show in sharp outline last fortnight when the British Middle East forces reoccupied Gallabat and took Italian prisoners near Kassala on the eastern Sudan front—when they struck by air at Naples, Brindisi, Durazzo and Valona from new air footholds in Crete (see p. 23), causing consternation in Rome and loud stories about the Pope's new air-raid shelter.

The true measure of Britain's determination to knock out Italy was not seen until last week...

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