World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF EUROPE: First Blow

. The curtain had gone up on the last act of the Battle of Europe. Beyond doubt the fierce Allied offensive in Italy was the opening scene. General Sir Harold R. L. G. Alexander made that clear in his order of the day:

"From east and west, from north and south, blows are about to fall which will result in the final destruction of the Nazis and bring freedom once again to Europe. ... To us in Italy has been given the honor to strike the first blow."

D-Day Jitters. Nazi-controlled radio stations nervously announced that D-day for invasion had arrived....

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