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  • Italy During World War II

    John Basilone
    On a rainy and dreary night at Lunga Ridge not far from Henderson Field in the Guadalcanal a 26 year old gunnery Sergeant became a legend and a hero. For six months the Japanese and the Americans were fighting to gain control of Henderson Field. On October 25, 1942 that struggle came to an end when John Basilone, an Italian American from Raritan, New Jersey, withstood wave after wave of attacks by the Japanese to win the battle.

    Battle of Monte Cassino
    This battle was a significant victory for the Allies in Italy. See what events took place during this battle and how the Allies were able to claim victory over the Germans.

    The Battle of Ortona
    The battle, known to those who fought it as the "Italian Stalingrad" for the deadliness of its close-quarters combat, which was only made worse by the chaotic rubble of the town and the many booby traps used by both sides. The battle took place in the small Adriatic Sea town of Ortona.

    Corado "Babe" Ciarlo
    The apple of his mother's eye, Corado "Babe" Ciarlo, was only 20 years old when he was killed in battle. In his pockets, they found 2 rosaries, $1.61, sixteen photographs of family members and one letter. While the other items held a special significance for Babe, the letter - undoubtedly from his family - serves to exemplify his courage and nobility.

    An introduction to Mussolini and his Fascist dictatorship.

    Dominic Salvatore Gentile
    Variously called "a one-man Air Force," "Captain Courageous," and "the Ace of Aces," Captain Dominic Gentile had few peers when it came to air combat. Along with his close friend and dedicated wingman, John T. Godfrey, their lethal partnership so plagued Hermann Göring's Luftwaffe during World War II that they earned the epithet, "Debden Gangsters."

    Italian Campaign
    This overview begins with the invasion of Sicily and continues on until the end of the war.

    Italian Wings
    Learn more about the Italian military aviation used during W.W.II. This site includes information on the various air crafts used, photos, statistics, biographies and more.

    Benito Mussolini
    A biographical look at Il Duce who created the Fascist Party in Italy.

    Operation Shingle
    The code name for the Allied amphibious landing in the Anzio/Nettuno area on the west coast of Italy, some 30 miles south of Rome.

    Regia Marina Italiana
    This is a great site that includes in depth articles and technical details on the Italian Royal Navy's role in WWII.

    Rome Arno 1944
    World War II was the largest and most violent armed conflict in the history of mankind. The following essay is one of a series of campaign studies highlighting those struggles that are designed to introduce you to one of the Army's significant military feats from that war.

    Una Storia Segreta
    This is a true account of an untold part of American history, which saw Italian Americans being treated as enemy aliens.

    The World at War
    This is a very nice in depth coverage of the history of W.W.II. It includes a timeline of the war and the events that led up to it.


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