World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ITALY: By Bits & Pieces

The stalled Fifth Army front suddenly crackled into action. Along a ten-mile line in the crags above the creek-laced Liri Valley of western Italy, General Mark Clark's Britons and Americans butted forward.

Through low, sleet-laden clouds, Invader (A36) attack-bombers dived on Nazi pillboxes. The Fifth's indefatigable artillery gouged the terrain. Alpine-trained U.S., and Canadian troops climbed snowy slopes where German guns lorded it over the valley floor and Highway 6, the old Via Casillina route to Rome. But the hardest assignment fell to the muddy, regular U.S. infantry.

Another Village. Through shell-scarred olive...

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