By Steven J. Zaloga
In January 1944, the Allies made up our minds to land at Anzio to be able to conquer the stalemate at Cassino.This amphibious touchdown has develop into some of the most arguable campaigns of global warfare II (1939-1945). Questionable judgements via the Allied management ended in 3 months of global struggle I-style trench war, and the complete beachhead suffered from non-stop German commentary and bombardment. Vividly describing every one thrust and counter-thrust, this publication takes us in the course of the agonizing fight as both sides sought to maintain or regain mastery. It indicates how Anzio proved to be a stepping stone not just to Rome but additionally to the liberation of Italy.
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The 141st RCT was sent south to form a new defensive line along the river Solofrone, thus blocking any German assault from the south. The 142nd RCT was sent eastwards to secure Monte Soprano and to capture the villages of Albanella and Roccadapide beyond it. The 143rd RCT was held in reserve around Cappacio. At 1140hrs that morning the first units of the 45th Division began landing on pontoons that had been built by engineers during the night. They were ordered to seize the crossings over the river Sele, and then to advance up the river valley towards Ponte Sele.
The 138th was unable to leave, as Panzer-Division ‘Hermann Göring’ was launching heavy probes against Dragonea Hill, and attempting to penetrate the Molina Pass, which the Commandos had dubbed ‘Happy Valley’. That meant that all Hawkesworth had to hand as a reserve was the division’s reconnaissance regiment, which guarded the northern part of Salerno itself. Fortunately for the British the Germans abandoned their attack to regroup and re-arm, and as dusk fell the British struggled to re-form some semblance of a line, running from ‘Hospital Hill’ to ‘White House Hill’.