Hutchinson's Pictorial History of the War, Series 22 No 1

HUT CHIN SON’S PICT O RIAL HISTORY OF THE WAR There is also the psychological factor to lie taken into account. We have brought to ruin the principal satellite of Germany, the only true and full Axis partner in Europe. The effect of that is already showing among the others, in Hungary, Rumania, and Bulgaria, and among the quislings in the countries occupied by Axis forces. Italy has collapsed or is collapsing without being physically conquered. Germany will certainly not collapse as easily, but these influences cannot be without their fmal effect. They must eventually lead Germany at least apart of the way on which Italy has travelled. The growing weight of the bombing offensive will powerfully reinforce them. Theoretically and logically, the Germans have not to fear defeat at an early date, but the steps by which defeat will come are being more and more clearly out­lined through the fog of war. When we were on the downward grade there still remained in the world great forces untapped, (he power of Russia and the United 4l States, by which the resistance to Germany, maintained by us alone, might be reinforced. It has been so rein­forced. But now that Germany is on the downward grade there remain no untapped resources on which she can draw. Germany must grow weaker, must spend her resources with no hope of replacing them, while those of her enemies have not even yet reached their maximum by along way. You may think I have spoken vaguely on this matter, but I assure you that in every great war the sense of the inevitable has played its part. This war will still demand a painful effort to win, and no one can yet sec the precise nature of the end or even predict the exact method in which it will be brought about. But if the campaigns are planned and conducted as they have been since the offensives began, and if the nations stand behind the forces which are carrying them out, victory is there. If we were to let it slip through our fingers it woidd be our own fault and we should have only ourselves to blame. ENEMY D EFEN C E POSITION IN CRETE The Axis has taken every precaution against invasion by the Allies in the countries they have occupied and also in the outpost islands. This enemy camouflaged gun-post is on the island of Crete.
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