Gun Thread (5-25-2014) | Main | Gaming Thread 5/25/2014
May 25, 2014

May 25, 1944 - The Breakthrough at Anzio

Seventy years ago the Allies were bogged down positions along the "Gustav line" in Italy. The Anzio (and Nettuno) landings in January were conceived as a way to bypass the German lines and bust through on to Rome, but from January until May they were only able to hold the beachheads. The stalemate was broken with Operation Diadem under a new commanding general of VI Corps, Lucian Truscott. On May 25 Cisterna fell to the American 3rd Infantry Division and the Allies finally broke the stalemate in Italy.

In 2 weeks the Allied Armies would launch their most daring assault from the north, at Normandy.

Landing_at_Anzio.jpg


This morning I visited with an elderly gentleman at church that I have known for 22 years. He told me 70 years ago he enlisted in the Marine Corps, at age 17. I asked him if he had a note of permission from his parents and he said "no, I lied about my age."

I asked him what he did as a Marine and he said "we were training for the invasion of Japan." It never came to that but I could not help thinking if it had, I likely would not have met him.

"Where do we get such men? They leave this ship and they do their job. Then they must find this speck lost on the sea. When they find it they have to land on its pitching deck. Where do we get such men?"

RADM Tarrant, from James Michener's "The Bridges at Toko-Ri"

digg this
posted by Dave In Texas at 02:37 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Donna&&&&V.: "Go, Chiefs, she said, halfheartedly. I was hopi ..."

The ARC of History!: "Google is in the business of finding out everythin ..."

Cheribebe: "In under 100. Yay me! Good evening fine feather ..."

Surprise Anal Otter: "NEXT! ..."

qdpsteve: "By "other things," I hope Kathy Griffin means sayi ..."

Misanthropic Humanitarian : "Posted by: bluebell at January 19, 2020 10:13 PM ( ..."

squeakywheel: "So in Massachusetts there is discussion about allo ..."

Jasper Moore: "los futboleros de green bay perdieron ? ..."

Bilwis Devourer of Low Glycemic Souls: "Democrats, I understand your frustration with Dona ..."

qdpsteve: "dartist, what did you think of Joker? I liked it ..."

jsg: "Kathy Griffin Still playing the fucking victim ..."

Puddleglum : "79: Yep. The Pre Fran Tarkenton Vikings. Joe Kapp ..."

Recent Entries
Search


Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64