Adolf Hitler and General Franco march along the station platform upon arrival at Hendaye, on the Spanish-French border. They are both making the Nazi or Fascist salute as they walk along the carpet which has been placed on the platform. Members of the SA (Sturmabteilung) line the right hand side of the platform to greet the men. A train is just visible in the background.
When Italy declared war on 10 June 1940, the Italian Army in Libya threatened the vital Suez Canal in British-occupied Egypt. Italian forces attacked Egypt on 13 September. General O’Connor’s Western Desert Force was outnumbered, but his commander-in-chief, General Wavell, ordered a surprise attack at Sidi Barrani three days later.