World: The Taking of White House Hill

In the first five days of invasion, the U.S. Seventh Army seized and widened its bridgeheads in southwestern Sicily (TIME, July 26). On the night of July 15-16, the Seventh Army then began the northward push which culminated last week in the occupation of central and western Sicily (see p. 33).

First important step in this drive was the capture of Barrafranca, a town of stone houses at the end of a narrow valley, guarded on either side by three rugged hills and many smaller ones. The veteran 1st Division's 26th Infantry Regiment was...

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