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Allied troops secure Monte Cassino, continue drive on Rome 
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Here is the news for May 19th. Allied troops in Italy have continued to push forward against heavy German resistance. Use has been made of the large Allied fleet lying offshore to provide naval fire support for Allied assaults. German reserves are believed to be stretched and Allied commanders have stated they expect to make a major advance soon.

In a stunning success, Monte Cassino has been successfully captured, isolating Axis troops fighting further to the east and opening the way for an advance into the Liri Valley. Resistance was described as fierce, with German paratroopers backed by armour mounting a number of counterattacks. However, US and Commonwealth forces were able to contain the attacks and push the defenders off the hill. This success means that the Axis forces have been forced to retire to their next line of defence, the Hitler line.

Fighting has continued around Snakehead Ridge, where isolated German forces are putting up determined resistance. US forces are reported to have suffered heavily in an abortive attempt to clear the area, suffering heavy losses.

On the coast, Gatea has been the scene of some success, with British tanks able to initially push forward against German panzers. However, follow-on assaults by US troops ran into dug-in German infantry holding along the railroad and were soundly repulsed with heavy casualties.

Allied commanders remain confident of success, stating that due to the material and numerical superiority of the Allied forces, the Axis will not be able to stop the advance. “They might be able to slow us up sometimes, but they can’t stop us” was how one British general phrased it.


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