World Battlefronts: Into the Mountains

To the French fell the honor of opening the battle. Fifteen minutes before other troops went out, under the booming of the greatest U.S.-British artillery barrage of World War II—far more guns than the British used at El Alamein—the soldiers of shy, silent General Alphonse Pierre Juin moved up Mt. Faito, about halfway between the British at Cassino and the U.S. soldiers near the coast at Minturno.

Said General Juin: "French combatants of Italy! The great battle . . . which may hasten the final victory and liberation of the motherland . ....

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