World War, STRATEGY: Octopus v. Axis

The Axis last week was locked in struggle to death with an octopus: the British Empire. More than any week in the war the long tentacles of empire wrapped, the complexity wriggled, and the small eyes in the compact head stared defiance. In Libya the Axis fought against Australians, the tough colonists of empire (see p. 22), and against Free Frenchmen, auxiliary believers in empire (see p. 24). In Eritrea the Axis fought against imperial experience, which used religion as a weapon (see p. 22). In Ethiopia and Italian Somaliland, the Axis faced...

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