World Battlefronts: Forli's Fall

Forli is an ancient, undistinguished town in Italy's Romagna region, where Benito Mussolini first preached socialism, and only ten miles from where he was born. Last week it became the first important capture in Italy in more than seven weeks. With it into Allied hands passed the first airfield in the northern Italian plain, soon to be cleared of its battle litter of smashed tanks, dead horses and men.

Punishing weather in Italy had lightened a little, permitted the British Eighth Army, struggling northwest from Rimini toward Bologna, to batter the Germans out of...

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