World Battlefronts: Story of a Town

As the Eighth Army continued its town-by-town, hill-by-hill advance up the Adriatic coast toward Ortona, TIME Correspondent Fillmore Calhoun sent this story:

Romanoglio was another hilltop town, not much different from a hundred others on the Adriatic coast. It had its Fascists who ran the monopolies and made money, its church with its superstitions and its grasp of human weaknesses. Its people went barefoot along its clay roads and never washed their children's faces. On the sides of a few houses were slogans from Mussolini, who committed the great obscenity of urging women to have even more children, and the great blunder...

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