World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ITALY: To Destroy the German Armies

Why had the Allies chosen to strike now in Italy? To capture Rome? To wipe out the Cassino disgrace? It was much more than that. Said General Sir Harold R. L. G. Alexander in his order of the day: "We are going to destroy the German armies in Italy." There were undoubtedly other factors which General Alexander did not mention.

So long as Nazi Field Marshal Albert Kesselring's 20-odd divisions were tied up in Italy, the Nazis would have to divert supplies to them which might otherwise go to the invasion coast. Likewise,...

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