World Battlefronts: Snail's Progress

In Italy the hill-by-hill drive inched ahead. General Sir Bernard Montgomery's Eighth Army grappled with stoutly resisting Germans for ridge tops and villages barring the way to Pescara, Adriatic terminus of the shortest transpeninsular road to Rome. On the Tyrrhenian side of the Apennines, General Mark Clark's Fifth Army climbed and clawed the mountain slopes where Wehrmacht pillboxes blocked the old Via Casilina route to the Tiber. By week's end, after three bloody days of artillery and infantry fighting, the Fifth took San Pietro village, moved toward the key Liri Valley town of Cassino.

The communiques told a now familiar tale: it...

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