British soldiers offensive on Monte Cassino (Photo in Color)
The vanguard of the British 8th Army in the Garigliano Valley during the offensive on Monte Cassino, Italy. The color photos of the military were taken by Lieutenant Hyde. January 1944.
The offensive on Monte Cassino
On September 3, 1943, the landing in Italy began – the 8th British Army landed in the south of the Apennine Peninsula, and on September 9, the 5th American Army landed in the Salerno area. By early October, the 5th and 8th armies jointly liberated the southern part of the Apennine Peninsula, while the Germans were building fortifications along the Volturno River in order to temporarily detain the allies, while the main line of defense they created in the Monte Cassino area was “Winter Line” ( “Gustav’s Line”), and the Germans were going to hold it with all tenacity.
Naples was liberated on October 1, by November 15 the Allies crossed the Volturno River and began to approach Monte Cassino, and reached it by early January. Three months before these events, in October 1943, Dwight D. Eisenhower and the commander of the Allied forces in Italy, Sir Harold Alexander, discussed an amphibious landing with the aim of flanking the “Gustav Line.” It was these moments that the lieutenant managed to capture in color photos.
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Color photos of the offensive
In the photo depicted the BL 5.5-inch gun , which was a British artillery gun introduced during the middle of the Second World War to equip medium batteries.