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Declaration Believed Purely

Political Gesture

N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 12.30 p.m. LONDON, July 15. Italy's declaration of war on Japan was conveyed via Sweden, says the Daily Mail Rome correspondent. The decision, which was judiciously timed to coincide with the Big Three Conference, is one of a series of measures which the Italian

Government is taking to raise the country's stocks in the eyes of the * world. I There are no details as to howItaly plans to fight the Far East war. The fleet, which was built specifically for the Mediterranean, i would need considerable alteration for Pacific use. Experts think that ! some light cruisers and destroyers I could be got ready within two ■: months, and heavy cruisers within six months, but battleships would need at least a year. It is suggested that the crack San Marco Regiment should be sent out as a self-contained token landing force representing Italy. Rome newspapers do not conceal the fact that the declaration is .basically a 1 political manoeuvre. iThey hasten to point out that Italy is a ruined country which can contribute nothing. Italy s real duty to the world is to rebuild a peaceful, democratic nation on the ruins of Fascism. 'I ;| i : I I


•! Rec 2 P.m. 'LONDON, July 15, i! ? i%d T SSB e OCia An\erisn eSS heavy cruiser SU , ScS e ßive U r P foUowedTy 1 ■ B l i - ti f h iinld the SSs aid gave three ; Wee Confertnca.

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ITALY AT WAR, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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ITALY AT WAR Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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