World Battlefronts: Neither Rain Nor Snow . . .

The march on Rome slithered forward. Despite mud, mountains and fresh men brought down from the north by Field Marshal Albert Kesselring, the Allied armies worked into position for a wheeling drive. Lieut. General Mark Clark's Fifth held the hinge along the Garigliano River, pinned down the bulk of ten Nazi divisions. General Sir Bernard Montgomery's Eighth butted to the Sangro River, threatened to envelop the German defense of Rome from the Adriatic flank.

It was slow, bitterly difficult fighting. U.S. Colonel Raymond C. Hamilton, just back in Washington from the Italian front, gave...

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