Cassino-A Grueling Fight in Italy
Casualties 54,000 Allied and 20,000 German
It took 4 grueling battles to capture this town in the effort to eventually take Rome. Using a well coordinated combined force of infantry backed up by bombing and artillery, the Gustav Line was finally breached on 14 May. US Fifth Army to the south and west and the British Eighth Army in the center combined in a dual strike while VI US Corps at Anzio finally broke out along the coast and to the rear of the Gustav Line. Allied troops continued the drive north, capturing Rome on 4 June 1944, although most German forces escaped the Allied advance and survived to form new defensive positions north of Rome. Immediately after the liberation of Rome, Operation OVERLORD (DDay) in Normandy further put pressure on Germany.
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