The War Illustrated No 193 Vol 8 November 10th 1944

And Driving Towards the Po Valley in Italy 5th ARMY FORCES were reported to be on the main Florence-Bologna road within eight miles of Bologna itself on October 26,1944, and engaged in heavy fighting. Inside the much-vaunted Gothic Line the Germans had constructed strong underground defcnccs on the hillsides, from which they were forced to withdraw. An abandoned Spandau machine-gun nest (left) covered Route 65 to Longhidoro. Brazilian soldiers, going into action for the first time, hauled a captured German anti-tank gun across the River Serchio, assisted by a mule (right). 8th ARMY HAD CROSSED the River Pisciatello and taken Ccsena by October 20,1944, despite heavy rains, swollen rivers and waterlogged roads. A week later they were reported well beyond the River Savio on each side of the Via Emilia, five miles east of Forli. A bogged-dewn 25-pounder had to be extricated from a flooded emplacement (left) north-east of Scorticana, just across the famous River Rubicon, which at this point (right) is spanned by two newly-erected Bailey bridges (seepage 169) in the foreground a bulldozer is in difficulties. The crossing of the Rubicon by Julius Caesar in B.C. 49 began the Roman Civil War.' PAGE 389 “Photos, British Oflicicl
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