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Operation Shingle landed Allied forces at Anzio and Nettuno on Jan. 22, 1944.
The landing — behind the Gustav line on the Italian front — was meant to break
the stalemate the Allies faced at Cassino. The British 1st Division and the American
3rd Division led the invasion under General John Lucas' VI Corps overseen
by Gen. Mark Clark's Fifth Army. As Allied supplies and 50,000 men fortified
the beachhead, German Field Marshal Kesselring quickly brought together
a defensive force that would trap them there for four months.
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