Ancient Indian kingship from the religious point of view by J Gonda

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107; the British Foreign Office was opposed in principle to the violation of Scandinavian neutrality. Sir Llewellyn Woodward, British Foreign Policy in the Second World War, vol. I (HMSO, London, 1970), p. 288. Minutes of War Cabinet meeting (WM(40) 78, 4). PRO ADM 1/10568. Ibid. As the Allied fighters – twin-engined Potez 630s and Bristol Blenheims – were scarcely, if at all, faster than the (twin-engined) German bombers with which they were engaged, this was a doubtful proposition. PRO ADM 205/4.

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