Army & Navy - OPERATIONS: Mines, Traps, Mines

In Italy: "All advances are necessarily slow because there are mines, mines and more mines, and quantities of booby traps," said the Army's Lieut. General Courtney H. Hodges.

Even in the landings below Rome, where surprise of classic proportions was achieved, a few Allied casualties were suffered as the mechanical sentinels planted along the beach edge exploded under the weight of boats, vehicles or men.

Since the Wehrmacht has been making a career of retreat, mines have been met in such quantities that the work of detecting, disarming and removing them can no...

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