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A 1940 map describing Italy’s plan to rebuild the Roman empire, taken from the newspaper The San Francisco Examiner.

This map from the June 2, 1940 edition of The San Francisco Examiner includes a discussion of “what Italy wants” as well as graphics indicating important trade routes surrounding the Italian peninsula and territories held by Italy. Italy entered World War II on June 2, 1940 by declaring war on Britain and France; this contributed to the strength of the Axis forces in the Atlantic theater of World War II.