ITALY CAMPAIGN UPDATE - Operation DIADEM - 5/19/1944
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Author:  The_Riha [ Mon May 19, 2014 2:45 pm ]
Post subject:  ITALY CAMPAIGN UPDATE - Operation DIADEM - 5/19/1944

Axis forces at Snakehead Ridge continue to extract heavy casualties from assaulting Commonwealth forces; Morale beginning to suffer as front-line commanders question strategic objective; Bulk of German contingent already withdrawn to reinforce Monte Cassino! <stop>

German forces at Gaeta pummeled by Cruiser fire; Allied forces gather for final assault and prepare to accept prisoners of war! <stop>

Late Spring rain stalls advance through Liri River Valley; Weather conditions make fighting difficult, slows Allied troop movements! <stop>

Allied forces, led by successful assaults from the 4th Indian Division, take positions around Monte Cassino from stubborn 1st Fallshrimjaeger defenders; British commanders predict Monte Cassino will fall by end of week! <stop>

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