World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ITALY: Third Landing

The Tyrrhenian Sea lay calm. Somewhere above the moonlit clouds purred Allied planes. To the east, two miles away, loomed Italy's dark shape. Landing craft churned towards Nettuno's eroded, frosted beach. Tense, eager men jumped into the icy rollers, waded ashore.

Thus last week began the third Allied landing in Italy. Of the three, this was the best planned, most spectacular, potentially the most important. With luck it would end the campaign for southern Italy and Rome within a few weeks.

Stalemate's End. For 141 days, the Allies had painfully slogged northward...

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