TURKEY: Pressure Off

No surprise to President Ismet Inönü and his Government, fidgeting in Ankara, was a piece of news that came last week from Moscow. The Red Army, said the Soviet radio, had taken from officers of a German chemical regiment papers and maps containing a detailed plan of a Nazi invasion of Turkey.

Well aware are the Turks that their country offers Hitler the best road to Suez, the shortest land route to Russia's Transcaucasian oil fields (and to Iran, Afghanistan, India, beyond). Since the Balkan campaign, Nazi pressure on Turkey has increased notch by notch, with troop concentrations in Bulgaria,...

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