NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
12th October, 1940 : Mussolini learns that Hitler has occupied the Rumanian oil wells in order ‘to protect them’. The coup infuriates the Fascist leader, who says to Ciano: ‘Hitler always presents me with a fait accompli, but this time I shall pay him back in his own coin. When he reads the papers he’ll see that I have occupied Greece, and that will make us all square.’
‘What will Badoglio [Commander-in-Chief of Italian armed forces] say?’ asks Ciano. ‘Badoglio doesn’t know yet, but I’ll soon get rid of anyone who finds any difficulty in fighting the Greeks,’ replies Mussolini.