11h 13min, jun 4, 1944 y - Fall of Rome
Allies invaded southern Europe, specifically Italy. The goal was to knock the Italians out of the war and to turn German troops from France to southern Europe. Despite initial success in Sicily, which fell after 38 days, the Allied attempt to advance up the Italian peninsula stalled south of Rome and bogged down significantly. Mussolini’s government collapsed and he attempted to flee to Germany. Italy’s replacement government then joined the Allied side, only to see German troops come into Italy and halt American advance south of Rome throughout the rest of 1943-1944. Was important because Rome fell two days before Allied forces opened up a western front in Europe by invading the beaches of France.
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