World Battlefronts: WHILE CAIRO FIDDLED

On the day that Matrûh fell, TIME received the following cable from its Correspondent Walter Graebner, who had paused in Cairo on his way to Russia:

If these are the last hours of Cairo they are certainly glorious hours. The days are hot, but not sizzling hot, and the nights are cool, brightened by a gigantic bomber's moon, which makes the Pyramids visible miles away.

In theory Cairo is blacked out from dusk to dawn. Actually there exists something between a dimout and peacetime illumination. From about half the buildings lights gleam through the large open windows. Street lamps have been extinguished, but...

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