World Battlefronts: THE FALL OF TROINA

In the dispatch which follows, TIME Correspondent Jack Belden describes the last hours of the bitterest battle which American troops fought in the Sicilian campaign.

The Germans had halted their long retreat at the rocky hilltop town of Troina. Used to driving the enemy out of one position after another, Major General Terry Allen's 1st Division sent one combat team against the town. The Germans ate it up with machine-gun fire and drove it back. Reserves were thrown in; for the first time in Sicily, the whole 1st Division was engaged at once. Every...

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