National Geographic : 1943 Jul
Americans on the Barbary Coast "Give Us Modern Weapons," Begged French Trained by the American Fifth Army, 11 French insignia will be worn over American uniforms. Here colonials in the assembly of a 50-caliber machine gun. Thousands of wells have been dug to tap these streams, and blindfolded camels circle endlessly drawing up the water. Thence it is channeled to the fields. Sometimes there are fish in the water! This indicates that the underground river still gets some aeration. Harvest continues the year round. January finds the orange and lemon season well under way. Then come the famous "Malta pota toes," once so prized in fashionable European restaurants. April, May, and June see the harvesting of apricots, almonds, and corn. There is no time to rest, for in July and August the peaches must be gathered, and at the same time the grapes, which vie with those of Sicily. During the early fall the dates must be picked, also the olives and the figs. By November the oranges again de mand attention. At the oddest times of the year the Ameri can will see the farmer sowing or reaping wheat, barley, and maize, tending his gardens U. S. Army Signal Corps, Official Africa, and U. S. Guns Answered Its Plea divisions are being organized. French buttons and a Yankee corporal instructs Frenchmen and fezzed of fine onions, tomatoes, beans, spinach, and melons, cultivating his mulberry trees to sup ply food for his silkworms, or driving his cattle and sheep to the ports to be shipped to Europe. Mussolini There in Marble Only Arriving in Tripoli, the traveler finds him self face to face with Mussolini in marble. II Duce has expressed himself in imposing facades, broad avenues, brass and gold trim mings. He has put up a "big front" in the splendid boulevard along the crescent-shaped bay. The city rises from the harbor in terraces of white flat-roofed houses broken by nu merous mosques with minarets and cupolas in the Turkish manner. For it was from the Turks that Italy wrested the city in 1912. Tripoli has good hotels, running water, a gay casino, and a Lido Beach; also a band that plays every afternoon.