World Battlefronts: Horizon:Rome

For nine bloody weeks the Allies have inched slowly up Italy's shank, their progress slowed by mined roads, shattered bridges, fiercely resisting Germans in mountain emplacements. Last week the U.S. and British forces stepped up their attack, broke through the Germans' strongest barrier below Rome.

That barrier consisted of a series of transverse ranges, stretching north eastward from Mount Massico on the Tyrrhenian coast, through Venafro and Isernia to Vasto on the Adriatic. No single engagement cracked this German line. The job was done in coordinated thrusts—the first by Lieut. General Mark Clark's Fifth Army at Mount Massico, then one by General...

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