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349th Infantry "Kraut Killers" Regiment - 88th Infantry Division
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88TH
INFANTRY
DIVISION
88th Band
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442nd Infantry Reg.
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Rome-Arno Campaign.pdf
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Books about the 88th Infantry Division
and
World War II Italy

History of the 337th Field Artillary

337th Field Artillary Battalion

00 Pages (scanning)
Direct Support - A Story of Fighting Men

338th Field Artillary Battalion History

Read: 94 Pages
Long Walk Through War
by Klaus Huebner

349th Infantry Regiment

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The Blue Devils
"Battle Mountain Regiment in Italy"

by John E. Wallace

350th Infantry Regiment

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Battle Mountain Regiment In Occupation (TRUST)

350th Infantry Regiment

Read: 69 Pages
Combat Soldier
by James C. Fry

350th Infantry Regiment

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We Were There
From Gruber To Brenner Pass

88th Infantry Division

Read: 98 Pages

Draftee Division
by John Sloan Brown

88th Infantry Division

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The Blue Devils in Italy
by John P. Delaney

88th Infantry Division

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Calculated Risk
by Mark Clark

5th Army General

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From the Danube to the Yalu
by Mark Clark

5th Army General

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1992 50th Anniversary Reunion Book
88th Infantry Division Blue Devils Association

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88th Infantry Division
by Valerio Calderoni and Renzo Grandi

The Blue Devils in Northern Italy 1944-45


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Final Campaign

Read: 00 Pages
Road To Rome

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The War Against Germany and Italy

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North Apennines
10 September 1944–4 April 1945

The northern Apennines fighting was the penultimate campaign in the Italian theater. Although the Allies steadily lost divisions, materiel, and shipping to operations elsewhere, which diminished their capabilities, their offensives prevented the Axis from substantially reinforcing other fronts with troops from Italy. Yet the transfer of units from Fifth and Eighth Armies for use in northwest Europe, southern France, and Greece, both after the capture of Rome and during the North Apennines Campaign itself, left Allied commanders with just enough troops to hold Axis forces in Italy but without sufficient forces to destroy the enemy or to end the campaign.

Read: 00 Pages

19 Days
From the Apennines to the Alps

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Naples - Foggia
9 September 1943–21 January 1944

The Allied goals, established before the invasion of Italy, were to gain control of the Mediterranean, keep pressure on the Germans while building for the cross-Channel attack, and force Italy to withdraw from the war. All agreed that bases in Italy would provide support for the air war against German sources of supply in the Balkans and the German industrial heartland itself. These sound strategic goals were valid in 1943 and have stood the test of time. By late August, the Italian government had decided to withdraw from the war and break relations with Germany. The fall of Sicily had enhanced Allied control of the Mediterranean but had not assured it. Prior to the invasion of Italy, therefore, the Allied goals were far from being totally satisfied, and an eager world watched as the Allies launched first Operation BAYTOWN and then Operation AVALANCHE to invade the European continent.

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Po Valley
5 April–8 May 1945

For the Allied armies in Italy, the Po Valley offensive climaxed the long and bloody Italian campaign. When the spring offensive opened, it initially appeared that its course might continue the pattern of the previous months and battles in Italy, becoming another slow, arduous advance over rugged terrain, in poor weather, against a determined, well-entrenched, and skillful enemy. However, by April 1945 the superbly led and combat-hardened Allied 15th Army Group, a truly multinational force, enjoyed an overwhelming numerical superiority on the ground and in the air. On the other side, Axis forces had been worn down by years of combat on many fronts; they were plagued by poor political leadership at the top as well as shortages of nearly everything needed to wage a successful defensive war. By April 1945 factors such as terrain, weather, combat experience, and able military leadership, that had for months allowed the Axis to trade space for time in Italy could no longer compensate for the simple lack of manpower, air support, and materiel. By the end of the first two weeks of the campaign both sides realized that the end of the war in Italy was in sight, and that all the Allies needed to complete the destruction of Axis forces was the skillful application of overwhelming pressure, a feat largely accomplished within ten days, by 2 May 1945.

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Rome - Arno
22 January–9 September 1944

The Allied operations in Italy between January and September 1944 were essentially an infantryman’s war where the outcome was decided by countless bitterly fought small unit actions waged over some of Europe’s most difficult terrain under some of the worst weather conditions found anywhere during World War II.

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