World Battlefronts, THE MEDITERRANEAN: Defender of Empire

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On the Anzio beachhead, the German wound up and threw his heaviest blow, an attack by nine divisions to break the Allies, drive them into the sea. British and American troops met him headon. The action was so close that neither side dared to use hand grenades.

But cold steel flashed and the enemy was hurled back. U.S. tanks which had rumbled into the battle, formed up and slashed two miles into the German's positions. The beachhead looked sounder than it had for days.

In the Rapido River valley on the wider front...

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