World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ITALY: Out of the Darkness

The battle waged by German and Allied soldiers on the invaded mainland of Italy was only one part of a developing campaign for southern Europe. For the Germans, that campaign was already a nightmare of uncertainties, hidden threats, blows in the dark.

The Italians won Sardinia for the Allies. Authorized accounts, revealing that Marshal Badoglio was working with the Allies behind their lines in Italy, said that on his orders two Italian divisions had pushed the Germans out of Sardinia. An Algiers communique called the German departure an "evacuation." The Nazis had given up an island naval...

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