The War Illustrated No 170 Vol 7 December 24th 1943

—And Help Deal ‘Colossal Crack9 at the Enemy ACROSS THE SANGRO RIVER, eastern sector of the enem y’s intended winter line, Gen. Montgomery, on Nov. 28,1943, launched his 8th Army, strengthened by fresh New Zealanders (see facing page) and Indian troops, in a large-scale offensive aimed at dealing the Germans what he called“ a colossal crack.” From forward observation posts, such as this farm building (I), scouts recorded the enem y’s disposi­tions, awhile sentry (2) kept watch outside. Men of the Punjab (3) shared in preliminary reconnaissance work. Possession of the heights (4), especially the 1,000-ft.-high Santa Maria ridge, was a primary objective, and it was announced on Nov. 30 that success had been attained. Photos, British Official: Crown Copyright P^GE 453
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