Great Britain and France won War II's biggest victory last week, but the scene of success was neither at the front nor on the sea nor in the air, but rather in quiet, faraway Ankara, capital of Turkey, 1,600 miles from the guns of the Western Front. There, 25 years almost to the day after Sultanate Turkey had entered World War I on the side of Germany and Austria-Hungary, a new Turkey, now republican in form, signed a treaty with Britain and France which made the onetime enemies allies—on condition.

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