World Battlefronts: ITALIAN FRONT: Out of the Mountains

To the desperate men gathered about the map tables at German supreme headquarters the reports must have been coming in like hammer blows to the heart. Now their Italian line collapsed. Two of their last, best armies, driven from the Apennines, were scurrying northward toward the Po River and Lombardy's plains. Bologna, pivot of German resistance, was gone.

The Nazi troops, who had fought with fanatical skill through the long winter months, broke suddenly as General Mark Clark sent his armies forward. Down from the mountains came Lieut. General Lucian K. Truscott's...