World Battlefronts: THE BEACHES OF SALERNO

Jack Belden, war correspondent for TIME and LIFE, was wounded at Salerno (see p. 15). This, his last dispatch for many months, was written in sick bay aboard ship leaving Italy.

The Germans knew we were coming and waited for us. All they had to do was study the map and see that the obvious place for us to strike was south of Naples. The day before our landing our LSTs were bombed continuously. Probably the German air force had us under observation at all times. The enemy knew not only approximately where we were going to land, but when.

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