World Battlefronts: A PINT OF WATER PER MAN

The fate of the Italians in the Desert, as reported by TIME Correspondent Harry Zinder:

It was getting bad and even worse than in Wavell's days, when his Nile Army smashed everything Mussolini had in the desert and took 120,000 Italians prisoner. The Italians were surrendering on all sides — 30 to the London News Chronicle's War Correspondent William Forrest, hundreds of others to an unarmed medical staff. Two British colonels from the Intelligence staff, with one tommy gun between them, found themselves on a sandy stretch of desert just east of Matrûh...

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