The Paul McIlvaine Collection - WWII Short Snorters - Libya
The Short Snorter Project
1943 note in the denomination of 100 lire issued by the Military Authority in Tripolitania. Notes of this vintage were
issued in eight denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 lire. It has the remnants of cellophane tape on the edge
and must have been detached from a roll of short snorters. The obverse of the note contains the inscription: "Castel
Benito, Tripoli, $1.18". Castel Benito was an airfield in Tripoli during WW2. From the early sixteenth century, Libya was
part of  the Ottoman Empire from the early 16th century. From 1711 to 1835, the area had some autonomy under the rule
of the Karamanli dynasty. The Ottomans took advantage of an 1835 succession dispute to re-establish direct rule from
Istanbul. This lasted until the Italo-Turkish war of 1911–12, when Italy occupied Libya.  Turkey ceded Libya to Italy by the
1912 Treaty of Ouchy. The Italians commenced a program of colonization.  By the outbreak of World War II, about
150,000 settlers had arrived from Italy. At the conclusion of the Second World War, Great Britain and France controlled
Libya. Great Britain was responsible for the provinces of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica in northern Libya, while France was
responsible for the province of the Fezzan in the south.
Wreckage of Italian hangars and airplanes at Castel Benito Airfield outside Tripoli.
The airfield was captured by the British in the Tripoli campaign late 1942.