World Battlefronts: Lost Gamble

As Allied and Axis troops faced each other in the muddy hills and olive groves of western North Africa last week, a U.S. military spokesman made clear for the first time the outline of the bloody, so far unsuccessful campaign to capture Tunisia. The dry, matter-of-fact voice, broadcasting from London, left out many details. But, added to the fragmentary dispatches that have passed censorship (see p. 58), it told enough. If the campaign had succeeded, it would have been a military coup. "It was a slender chance which failed. . . ."

The first part was familiar: how in the dark, early...

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