The Anzio Beachhead, AD 1944
Lo Sbarco di Anzio, 22.01.1944
Anzio (Roma province, Lazio region)
Anzio, located on the Tyrrhenian sea about 56 km from Rome in Lazio region, is a colourful fishing-town and a beautiful seaside resort, as well as a hub for the ferries and hydroplanes to the charming Pontine Islands (Ponza, Palmarola and Ventotene). Anzio has a very ancient history and according to legends has been founded either by Antaeus, son of Ulysses and the sorceress Circe, or by Ascanius, son of Trojan Prince Aeneas. During the Roman Age the town, by name Antium, was an important harbor and a resort beloved by the roman emperors as witnessed by the remains of luxurious villas along the coast. Anzio is historically famous for being during World War II a landing-spot for the Allies freeing Italy from the Nazis.
Every year Anzio commemorates the famous Allies beachhead which took place on January 22nd, 1944. It was one of the most crucial and bloodiest military operations of WW2 resulting in many casualties and the destruction of great part of the town heritage, but led to the liberation of Rome and central Italy from the Nazis occupation. At 02:45, on January 22nd US and British forces landed on the beaches of Anzio under the aircraft coverage of the US fighters which achieved 465 passages over the bridgehead and other 165 over the fleet offshore. The landing ended on January 31st: in all over 100.000,00 men with a large amount of equipment and weapons. But the final goal of freeing Rome was still longer to be achieved as the Allies had to wait until May 31st before breaking the famous "Caesar Line", the last Nazis’ defence line before Rome, built just after the Anzio landing and stretching from the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Anzio to the Adriatic Sea north of Pescara. The rich programme includes ceremonies and honor guards at the War Memorial, military parades and bands, veterans meetings, conferences, lectures, displays of paratroopers, exhibitions of military vehicles, historical camps and WW2 battle reenactment.
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