1942: The 360,000 inhabitants of Cyprus are once again reading the war news with feverish interest. They know that the future of their Island home depends military events Russia and the Western Desert the next few months.
They know that major success by Von Bock and Rommel might bring war on to their soil. Cyprus has lived in a state of tension ever since Hitler captured Crete in May, 1941. Anxiety rose to a high pitch early this year, when it seemed possible that the enemy, striking through the Caucasus and Egypt simultaneously, might catch the Middle East a gigantic pincers grip.
Nervousness diminished as summer wore on, but now it simmering up again. Cypriots realize that the Red Army’s unparalleled battle against, great odds, and the Eighth Army’s recent success in the Desert, have reduced, but not removed, the danger to Cyprus. They realize that invasion next spring, if not earlier, is still a live possibility.