World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ITALY: Artillery, Frenchmen, Etc.

All week the Allies rolled up the shin of the Italian boot, while the northern end of the main Italian battle line stood silent. The aim of Allied Commander Sir Harold R.L.G. Alexander seemed clear: to push back the German right flank, smash into it with his troops at the Anzio beachhead.

Mighty Cassino, famed northern anchor of the 25-mile "G for Gustav" Line, fell early (see below). West of the fallen fortress, the Poles pushed into Piedimonte and uprooted the anchor of the supposedly powerful secondary "Hitler Line."

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