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First of the three-volume account of the Allied crusade in Italy from the landings in September 1943 to operations previous the landings at Anzio and the march on Rome.

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1'" THE II LEFT FLANK SEPTEMBER 1943 DASHED SYMBOL' INDICATE GERMAN "". •. / 1"" GERMAN GUN BATTERY MACHINE GUN o ~)e. FORCES ROAO BLOCK TRENCH 2 6 feet high, is bordered on the right by several small terraced fields, and is protected from view at various points by olive trees and young oaks. The hilltop itself is extremely irregular. On the morning of I I September the I42d Regimental Combat Team prepared to carry out the divisional order to capture Hill 424 and secure the high ground as far south as Roccad'aspide.

The 133d Field Artillery Battalion brought in twelve 105-mm howitzers. Each of these guns was loaded on a dukw, together with 21 rounds of ammunition and a gun section of seven men. Other dukws carried additional ammunition and were equipped with small cranes for unloading the howitzers. At 0800, immediately upon landing, the dukws were driven over the dune line and unloaded. Ammunition was transferred to the gun dukws, and the ammunition dukws were sent back to the beach to assist in unloading the transports.

Meanwhile, the Regimental Command Post was moved 500 yards directly inland from Yellow Beach. By this time, communications were through to the 2d and 3d Battalions, but patrols 29 had been unable to reach the 1St Battalion because ot enemy sniping, machine-gun and artillery fire. On the north, the principal tank attacks against th. infantry combat teams fighting their way inland developed somewhat later than the attacks against the teams of the 141st. At about 1020, 13 Mark IV's rumbled down from the direction of Battipaglia between Highway 18 and the beaches, approaching the 142d Infantry Command Post which had been set up at Capaccio Station.

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