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Fifth Army at the Winter Line WWII Italy

Fifth Army at the Winter Line WWII Italy

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Allies vs. Axis in the mountains of Italy during WWII
Allies vs. Axis in the mountains of Italy during WWII

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FIFTH ARMY AT THE WINTER LINE
 
15 November 1943 - 15 January 1944
 CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORYUNITED STATES ARMYWASHINGTON, D.C., 1990First printed by the Historical Division, War Department, for the American Forces inAction series, 1945CMH Pub 100-9For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office,Washington, D.C. 20402
Foreword to CMH Edition
 
 Fifth Army at the Winter Line (15 November 1943-15 January 1944) is
one of a series of fourteen studies of World War II operations originally published by the War Department's Historical Division and now returned to print as part of the Army's
 
commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of that momentous clash of arms. Thesevolumes, prepared by professional historians shortly after the events described, provide aconcise summary of some of the major campaigns and battles fought by Americansoldiers. The skillful combination of combat interviews with primary sources, many of which are now lost, gives these unassuming narratives a special importance to militaryhistorians. The careful analysis of key operations provides numerous lessons for today'smilitary students.I am pleased that this entire group of studies will once again be available. I urge allmilitary students and teachers to use them to enhance our collective awareness of theskill, leadership, daring, and professionalism exhibited by our military forebears.Washington, D.C.15 September 1989HAROLD W. NELSONColonel, FAChief of Military History
Foreword
 In the thick of battle, the soldier is busy doing his job. He has the knowledge andconfidence that his job is part of a unified plan to defeat the enemy, but he does not havetime to survey a campaign from a fox hole. If he should he wounded and removed behindthe lines, he may have even less opportunity to learn what place he and his unit had in thelarger fight.AMERICAN FORCES IN ACTION is a series prepared by the War Departmentespecially for the information of wounded men. It will show these soldiers, who haveserved their country so well, the part they and their comrades played in achievementswhich do honor to the record of the United States Army.s/G. C. MarshallG. C. MARSHALL
Chief of Staff 
v
 WAR DEPARTMENTMilitary Intelligence DivisionWashington 25, D. C.14 June 1945
 Fifth Army at the Winter Line is
a sequel to
 From the Volturno to the Winter Line.
Theactions of the United States II and VI Corps are told here in detail. They were aided byother Allied units under Fifth Army: British 10 Corps on the left flank, and the French
 
Expeditionary Corps, for the last two weeks of the period, on the right flank. The actionsof these units and of the British Eighth Army on the Adriatic coast are summarized briefly.This study is the sixth of a series called AMERICAN FORCES IN ACTION, designedexclusively for military personnel. No part of this narrative may be republished withoutthe consent of the A. C. of S., G-2, War Department, Washington 25, D. C.
The Winter Line is
 based on the best military records now available. The manuscript was prepared in the field by the Fifth Army Historical Section. The oblique terrain photographs (pp. 10, 11, 13, 19, 20, 39, 46, 4.7, 74, 80, 95, 99, 111) are by the JointIntelligence Collecting Agency; all others are by the U. S. Army Signal Corps. Readersare urged to send directly to the Historical Branch, G-2, War Department, Washington25, D. C., comments, criticisms, and additional information which may be of value in the preparation of a complete and definitive history of this operation.
vi
 
Contents
 Allied Decisions
1
The Drive to the Winter Line
1
 At the Winter Line
4
 Fifth Army's Problem
 Plans for the Attack 
17
 Preparations for Operation Raincoat 
19
Capture of the Main Camino Peaks
23
Mount Maggiore
 Hill 769
31
Mount Pantano
 Italian Attack on Mount Lungo
48
Gaining a Foothold on Mount Sammucro
48
The
143d
 Infantry Batters at San Pietro
52
 Plans for Further Attack 
54
 Fighting West From Mount Sammucro
54

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