Rome and Normandy June 1944

Posted: June 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

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However we should not forget that the events in Normandy overshadowed the campaign in what Winston Churchill had called the “soft underbelly of Europe” but which turned out to be a very “tough old gut”. 

….a young university student from Puglia, Angelo Galiano realised in the spring of 1944 as he agonised over whether to heed the call-up for military service by the Republic of Salo…….There was also a very good chance that the British and Americans [and the rest of the multinational force fighting for the Allies in Italy] would soon be in Rome.

In March, as he was writing in his diary, Allied forces were launching furious assaults on the German lines around Monte Cassino, just 80 miles away, hoping to link up with the bridgehead they had established in January at Anzio, to the south of the capital.

Their casualties were huge-around 100,000 in four months of fighting-but towards the end of May they finally managed to break through. On 4 June they entered Rome, two days ahead of the Normandy landings. 

From Fascist Voices, An Intimate History of Mussolini’s Italy by Christopher Duggan

  1. kathy d. says:

    I’m not one for reading about war, but I must say that I’ve known someone, a friend’s spouse, who fought at Anzio and kept up with his fellow soldiers for many years afterwards. It was a hugely important period in his life.

  2. Margot Kinberg says:

    Norman – All too often, history such as this doesn’t get the attention it deserves in our collective memory. Thank you for the reminder.

  3. Bill Selnes says:

    In Canada we respect what our soldiers did in Italy but much more attention is focused on what they did in Europe from D-Day to the end of the war.

    • Norman Price says:

      We owe a tremendous debt to the efforts in two world wars of Canada and the other parts of what was the old Empire. You came to help the mother country in great numbers and now we seem to to have sadly turned our backs on the Commonwealth. My generation will never forget, but I hope the young people will read and learn the sacrifice made by Canadians.

  4. kathy d. says:

    I’m watching the De Luca TV episodes, and although I’m a person who often says I can’t read about WWII, I’m finding these videos to be very interesting. I was rather fed up with the fascist “stuff” as De Luca later call it and the salutes, etc. But the third episode deals with 1945 in a village where De Luca helps a partisan who has become a police officer and they’re investigating a murder. Interesting to see the partisans working with the English and also the partisans rounding up those who were Fascists during the war or who collaborated with the Germans.
    I learned quite a bit, and the shows sent me to Google a lot more information about the role of the partisans. I knew some of this history, not enough.
    I just began episode 4, which is set in 1948 and De Luca is back in Bologna, being a cop.

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