World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ITALY: Gamble at Nettuno

From the beginning there was no doubt that the Allies' beachhead thrust at Nettuno was full of hazard. An amphibious landing on the flank of a stubborn, able foe was bound to be. But this week the risk looked bigger than it ever had, since first the troops waded ashore on the morning of Jan. 22.

The reason for the hazard was easy to see. The beachhead attack was only a part of a tactical concept which also included the forcing of other events. Because of the quick perception of the German command, and...

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