NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
19th August, 1940 : The Italians occupy Berbera, capital of British Somaliland.
Mussolini writes to General Rodolfo Graziani, Governor of Libya and Commander-in-Chief of Italian forces in North Africa , about future strategic objectives. Among other things he declares: ‘The invasion of Britain is decided on; it is now in final stages of preparation and will be successful. It may take place within a week or in about a month. Now, on the day on which the first platoon of German soldiers lands on British soil, you too will attack. As I have said to you before, there are no territorial objectives; it is not a matter of marching on Alexandria, even on Sollum. All I ask that you attack the British troops facing you. I myself accept full responsibility for this decision.’