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jun 4, 1944 - Fall of Rome

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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. Rome fell on June 4, 1944 two days before Allied forces opened up a western front in Europe by invading the beaches of France. The Fall of Rome was important because with Italy out of the war the Allied forces could focus all their energy on defeating Germany.

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jun 4, 1944
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~ 74 years ago

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