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Vol. 1—No. 47 U. S. Navy Pre-Flight School, Chapel Hill, N. C. Saturday, August 14, 1943 Italy and The Balkans By Ens. W. O. Shanahan, USNR Academic Department With the fall of Sicily virtually assured, the United Nations may now look forward to the strategic exploitation of their conquest. Po litical as well as military obje& tives stand before the conquerors. Italy’s defection from the Axis would have enormous repercus sions in the Balkans and it is there rather than in Italy that mortal blows can be struck against Ger many. Moreover the fall of Fas cism after the loss of but a single province to the enemy cannot be without significance for the Ger man people. For the future these political considerations outweigh any military use we might make of our positions in Italy. Still the conquest of Sicily has not been without important stra tegic results. First among these is freedom for our shipping in the Mediterranean. Once more the great sea route from Gibral tar to Suez may be safely plied by our convoys. Everywhere along the route land-based aircraft can patrol the skies while the dread passage be tween Sicily and Tunisia has been robbed of its terrors. The gain in the effectiveness of our merchant tonnage and the increased ease of supplying our middle eastern armies and our ally, the Soviet Union, are of incalculable benefit. From a newly won foothold in southern Italy the invasion of the Balkans would not be easy. The main communication lines in Jugo slavia (the Morava and Vardar Valleys) are not exposed to thrusts made from the west. Inva sion of Greece by way of Albania is feasible but the transportation facilities are abominable. Never theless such a drive into Greece would flank the powerful Axis) See ITALY, page U Rear Admiral Buckmaster Visits Pre-Flight Activity Rear Admiral Elliott P. Buck- master, USN, came aboard Friday morning with members of his staff to inspect this Pre-Flight activity. Admiral Buckmaster, who was Commanding Officer of the York- town at the Battle of Midway last year, is now Chief of Naval Air Primary Training with head quarters at Kansas City, Kan. The visit was his third to this Pre-Flight School. 12 Enlisted Men Are Advanced Twelve enlisted men received advancements and another was at tached to this activity during the past week. Advancing from PhMSc to PhM2c were William Edwin Ash craft, Dean Harold Walton, El mer Herbert Crosby, and Donald See ENLISTED MEN, page U \ Officers, Families To Picnic Today At Hogan’s Lake Pre-Flight officers and their families will picnic this afternoon at Hogan’s Lake, starting at 1630. Dress will be informal— sport clothes, slacks, etc.—and a charge of 50c per person covers expenses, including the evening meal and cold drinks. Hogan’s Lake which is located 5^ miles northwest of Chapel Hill may be reached by proceeding along highway No. 86 and follow ing signs posted along the route. Bus transportation will be pro vided for those without other means of getting there. Recreational activities will in clude swimming, fishing, horse shoes, softball, badminton and ping pong. New Cadet Regimental Officers THE NEW CADET regimental officers selected from members of the senior 27th Battalion are (left to right) Eugene Udell, Philadelphia, Pa., regimental petty officer; John C. Weadock, Washington, D. C.' regimental sub-commander; Spencer D. Moseley, Highland Park 111. regimental commander, and John K. Sands, Wawa, Pa., regimental adjutant. Navy Band To Give Series of Concerts The first in a series of Sunday afternoon public concerts will be given by the Navy Pre-Flight band tomorrow in the outdoor Forest Theatre opposite Navy Hall start ing at 1630. The music will be of the semi- classical and popular variety. Guest artists scheduled to appear are Isadore Ogelsby, lyric tenor from North Carolina State College for negroes in Durham who was formerly soloist with the famous Hampton choir, and Miss Nannie Bridgeford, lyric soprano from Fisk Conservatory. Miss Bridge ford and Ogelsby have been col laborating in entertaining at U SO and other service shows. An added attraction will be the Quartones, a popular girl quartet from Durham whose vocalizations are on the swing and torchy side. Similar concerts, featuring guest artists, will be held on alter nate Sundays during August and September. Wednesday Evening Movies The series of films on Japan will continue at the Pre-Flight show ing in Memorial Hall next Wed nesday evening when “Japan— Dream of Empire” will be un reeled. Other films scheduled for that evening are “Identification of U. S. Cruisers” and “History of Naval Aviation.” As usual, group singing will precede the movies, starting at about 1920. Movie Schedule Aug. 15—Free movie at Village Theatre, “The Amazing Mrs. Hol liday” with Deanna Durbin and Edmund O’Brien. Show starts at 1553, 1930 and 2116. Complete show one hour, 46 minutes. Aug. 16—Free movie at Village Theatre, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” with James Cagney and Joan Les lie. Show starts at 1310 and 1520. Complete show two hours, six minutes.