Photograph of a map of Italy entitled "Is Italy Vulnerable?" , which appeared in a government controlled newspaper in Italy. The map shows Italy surrounded by a string of warships, and protected by aircraft, though the Balkan front appears to be only lightly defended.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.