Foreign News: Soldiers: 8 to 33

Italy's War Minister was busy last week. Less than a month ago Benito Mussolini straddled a tank in an open field and shouted to his officers: "We must become a military nation, even a militaristic nation, even a warlike nation" (TIME, Sept. 3).

Last week Minister of War Mussolini showed that his words are not to be taken lightly. As a preparatory gesture fortnight ago, all Italian divisional commanders were assembled for a conference. Last week the War Minister announced a new plan for universal military service under the slogan: "The functions of a...

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