World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ITALY: Cassino Lesson

At 6 a.m. the Allied troops holding one-fourth of the embattled town of Cassino, main obstacle on the Fifth Army's road to Rome, silently pulled back 1,000 yards; the Germans did not know.

Then at 8:30 a wave of 36 Mitchell B-25 bombers swept in and unloaded on the battered stone buildings. That was the beginning of the Operation Ludlum.* Until noon the attack went on, without pause or mercy. Every ten or 15 minutes another wave of medium or heavy bombers roared over. More than 2,500 tons of bombs fell on Cassino...

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