David Gilmour

The Italians who won the war – against us

A review of Target: Italy, by Roderick Bailey. Whatever their deficiencies on the battlefield the Italian secret service outwitted British Intelligence during the second world war

Italian students who have volunteered for military service, parade through the streets of Rome, carrying Italian and German flags Photo: Getty

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