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Albanians Rough Up Il Duce

Rome, April 28, 1941

Dear Mr. President;

You will recollect that Mussolini was in Albania not long ago directing the highly unsuccessful counterattack against the Greeks.  He had at his service three identical armoured cars, all of which were put into use whenever he went towards the front.  The three cars moved simultaneously in three different directions, and in this manner his movements were concealed.  But one day, one of the unoccupied cars returned with 45 bullet holes!

William Phillips
U.S. Ambassador to Italy

Photography:  Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Memo: President’s Secretary’s File (PSF)
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Hyde Park, New York

Albanians Rough Up Il Duce

Rome, April 28, 1941

Dear Mr. President;

You will recollect that Mussolini was in Albania not long ago directing the highly unsuccessful counterattack against the Greeks. He had at his service three identical armoured cars, all of which were put into use whenever he went towards the front. The three cars moved simultaneously in three different directions, and in this manner his movements were concealed. But one day, one of the unoccupied cars returned with 45 bullet holes!

William Phillips
U.S. Ambassador to Italy

Photography: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Memo: President’s Secretary’s File (PSF)
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Hyde Park, New York