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June 10, 1940

THE BETHLEHEM GLOBE-TIMES, Pennsylvania, June 10, 1940 

* Italy enters World War II - WWII (1st report) 
* Axis adds another 

This 18 page newspaper has a nice banner headline above the masthead on the front page: "ITALY WARS ON ALLIES"

with lengthy subheads and illustration of Mussolini (see photos).

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Very minor spine wear, otherwise nice.

wikipedia notes: On 10 June 1940, as the French government fled to Bordeaux before the German invasion, declaring Paris an open city, Mussolini felt the conflict would soon end and declared war on Britain and France. As he said to the Army's Chief-of-Staff, Marshal Badoglio:

    I only need a few thousand dead so that I can sit at the peace conference as a man who has fought.

Mussolini had the immediate war aim of expanding the Italian colonies in North Africa by taking land from the British and French colonies.

Of Italy's declaration of war, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, said:

    On this tenth day of June 1940, the hand that held the dagger has struck it into the back of its neighbor.

Category: The 20th Century