How the Allies Invaded Fascist Italy

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August 25, 2020 Topic: History Region: Europe Blog Brand: The Reboot Tags: SalernoFascist ItalyWorld War IIMussoliniAllied Powers

How the Allies Invaded Fascist Italy

The landings at Salerno were just the first step.

On September 29, Marshal Badoglio met Eisenhower aboard the battleship HMS Nelson and signed the formal surrender document. Even so, the agony of Italy was far from over.

All the speculation about what should or could have been done at Salerno was hindsight as September began to wane. Months of difficult fighting lay ahead in Italy at places like San Pietro, the Rapido and Volturno Rivers, Cassino, Anzio, and the northern Apennines. The hard-won success of the first major landings by Allied troops on the continent of Europe would be followed by an excruciating northwestward drive. The old phrase, “See Naples and die,” was destined to take on an ominous significance.

This article by Michael E. Haskew first appeared in the Warfare History Network on December 23, 2018.

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