Over the Wire

Italians Retreat

ATHENS--Greek forces today hurled back Italian troops along "the entire front" in Albania and seized strong positions for new assaults, the high command reported as dispatches from the front placed the Greek vanguard barely 45 miles from Tirana.

Greek military spokesmen said the Italians were in retreat from the sea to the Jugoslav border, across snowy mountain passes, with the Greeks in "hot pursuit."

Italian commanders were said to be rushing reinforcements into mountain positions in an effort to stem the Greek drive which has opened up the main read to Tirana, capital of Albania.