World Battlefronts: The Shape of Hell

For the men who fought the battles, Salerno was hell. At some points the Germans let the first forces come smoothly ashore and cluster on the white beaches, then blanketed them with artillery fire from the near hills. At others, naval landing craft bore the troops landward in the face of continuous fire. Everywhere the men of the Fifth Army had to establish themselves on the beaches, make their first moves inland amid shells, bombs, confusion, fear.

Twelve days after the landings, no connected, firsthand account of all the battles in the British, U.S....

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