By Ken Ford
Osprey's research of Italy's Cassino crusade in the course of global struggle II (1939-1945). The conflict for Cassino used to be the most sour fight of the full Italian crusade. The dominating height of Montecassino topped by means of its very good yet doomed medieval monastery was once the major to the whole Gustav Line, a powerful approach of defences that stretched correct around the Italian peninsula. This place thoroughly ruled the Liri valley and course 6, the strategically important highway to Rome. among January and should 1944 the Allies struggled amid inhospitable terrain and dreadful climate to dislodge the German paratroops that tenaciously defended the very important mountaintop. Ken Ford's booklet information the dramatic occasions of the conflict to damage the Gustav Line.
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1 and 8 French Troops of No. 10 Inter-Allied Commando (under the command of Commandant Philippe Kieffer). 1st Special Service Brigade was to land on Queen Red and execute intermediate missions before linking up with 6th Airborne Division when it would revert under command of General Gale. Its final D-Day objective was to help secure the eastern, seaward, flank of the beachhead in the area of Le Plein, Amfreville and Hauger. 4 Commando and Nos. 1 and 8 French Troops were to land and silence the Casino strongpoint and clear Ouistreham, which included destroying the coastal defence battery consisting of six 155mm guns.
Now 3rd Division would face its first action since the debacle at Dunkirk in 1940. E. 'Copper' Cass CBE DSO MC 1 Suffolk: LtCol. E. Goodwin DSO 2 E Yorks: LtCol. E Hutchinson 1 S Lan R: LtCol. S. Stone 8 Brigade Defence Platoon 8 Brigade with under command 13th 118th Hussars (H), 5 Assault Regiment RE and 4 and 41 Commandos were to secure the beachhead to include the high ground about Periers-sur-Ie-Dan and St Aubin d'Arquenay. Other specific tasks included destroying the battery positions codenamed Daimler (by the water tower at Ouistreham), Morris, and Hillman.
A second line consisting of strongpoints up to five miles inland was under construction. By June 1944 this second line was still incomplete. At Sword Beach, however, strongpoint Hillman (located inland from La Breche D'Hermanville) dominated the back-beach area and was very much complete. 59 I' I Beach defences along the invasion coast were being improved daily. So while a rigorous battle could be fought at the water's edge and in the backbeach zone, should any penetration be made beyond this fortified area, the thin belt of initially strong positions along the coast and in the deep draws would became inherently vulnerable to being rolled-up from the flank.