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Featured battle : Anzio Bridgehead

Part of Second World War

Date : 22 January 1944 - 22 May 1944

The Allies progress north through Italy was held at the Gustav Line [Cassino]. An audacious plan was executed to land American and British troops at Anzio, 70 miles behind the Gustav Line and 30 miles south of Rome. The inital landing, by the Us 3rd Inf. Div. and the British 1st Inf. Div.was almost unopposed. This initial advantage was not exploited U S Maj-Gen Lucas, the commander of the force, preferred to wait to build up his strength. This allowed the Germans to react in greater strength and prevent the first attempt to break out on the 31st Jan. Strong German attacks, especially the 16th Feb., looked for a while as if they would split the bridgehead in two. The last major threat at the end of Feb. was held and the bridgehead deemed to be secure. Break-out occurred on the 17th May and the link was made with the American 5th Army on the 22nd May.

Featured image :

The Battle of Stamford Bridge

The Battle of Stamford Bridge

The view from Battle Flat - the ridge on which the Vikings formed for the later stages of the battle after the river had been forced by the English. The view looks down towards the river and the English lines.

Gallery updated : 2016-02-21 17:33:57

Featured review :

Waterloo Archive Volume IV: British Sources

Gareth Glover [Ed]
Another superb collection of original material not only from front line troops but also from reserve and support services. See review of Volume VI for an overview of the series.
Frontline Books, Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2012

Reviewed : 2015-03-31 08:36:53