World: Tough Sponge

The sea that the Italians have sometimes called "ours" was anybody's lake last week. But 60 miles south of Sicily, 225 miles north of Tripoli, the spongy little island of Malta was definitely Britain's. Malta is the most heavily and frequently bombed stronghold of World War II—and therefore in the history of the world—and from the impatient Axis last week it got its heaviest raids of the war.

Not only does Malta straddle the Axis supply route to Libya; it also threatens the left flank of any Axis drive along the African coast toward...

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