The Crusader, Eighth Army Weekly, No. 42, Vol 4, February 15th 1943

AMD TO LD US for the Blue CRUSADER, Eighth Army W eekly, is published each Monday. Address correspondence to Advance H.Q. Eighth Army. R eview {Continued from page 1) Count Galeazzo Ciano, son-in-law of the Duce, and Italian Foreign Minister since 1936 lost his job in sweeping Cabinet changes last week, as did Justice Minister Count Dino Grandi, former Roman envoy in London. Mussolini now holds the six most important portfolios in his own hands, the premiership, those of internal and foreign affairs and those of the three armed forces. For the most part the new Cabinet mem­ bers are little-known civil servants and members of the Fascist old guard. “This is no mere changing of the guard” said the German “Transocean” newspaper. London saw in the changes a symptom of progress­ ively deteriorating Italian morale following the loss of the Empire, the R.A.F. bomb­ ings and Italian casualties on the east front. DELIRIOUS DOCTOR ! Reuter's listening post reports that Doc­ tor Ley, in a speech to armament workers in Eastern Germany, sounded not only drunk but delirious. He left out verbs and repeated whole sentences several times. He gave away worries about Hitler’s health when he said, “I enjoyed yesterday the wonderful company of the Fiihrer. There, I can tell you, is concentrated energy and fanatic determination. Preserve us one thing. Preserve the health of our Fiihrer. Preserve us Adolf Hitler healthy. That is what we ask of fate.” Visiting battalions of the voluntary Mili­ tia in training Mussolini said that from 1923 until today Italians have displayed by their sacrifice and blood their deep love of: Italy and devotion to Fascism. It had taken Bri­ tain, he said, 32 months to achieve success. The Italian people had received news of this success with Roman calm because they knew that where their dead were waiting them they would return. “Fifty million Italians are gravitating towards Africa because they have the right to live.” Victory, he said, will go to the one who knows how to resist a quarter of an hour more than the enemy.” AUSTRALIA’S POSITION In invasion-threatened Australia, blunt Prime Minister John Curtin said : “It is a fallacy to expect small nations like Austral­ ia, facing a life and death struggle, to send forces to other theatres of war. They are not in the same position as great nations which, after providing for home security, have substantial margins for defence else­ where." In what American communiques describ­ ed as “a major Japanese effort to regain control of the entire Solomons area U.S. and Jap air and naval forces engaged in what Navy Secretary Frank Knox called “a series of feeler skirmishes." Knox said both forces had suffered “moderate losses of ships and planes." POST-WAR POLICY Formulating in the House of Commons the Government’s post-war financial and economic policy, Lord John Simon said the basic objective we must set is active em­ ployment for the people. “All our hopes lor the future will depend upon our success in achieving this," he said. “Government policy alone cannot accomplish this ; it will largely depend upon enterprise of industry and trade. Many people may well be dis­ posed to regard the end of war as a time for ease and spending money, but in many respects the days after the war will be more difficult than the days of war.” ‘When after the war is over a man is asked what he did it will be enough for him to say “I march­ ed with Eighth Army...”
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