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Intent on seeing Overlord and Anvil as arms of a this problem, and gigantic pincer at Sextant in movement and unwilling to see one effort weakened in order to provide for the other, the CCS envisaged Anvil as an assault landing by two divisions (the local command suggested three) that would be followed up by French formations from Italy and ten divisions shipped directly from the to redraft them. Supported by Eisenhower and Smith, initial Mont- own were on an initial divisions coming wild plans of his quietly assigned to oblivion) insisted landing being front made by extended ville beach this way at five assault Orne and Vire but on a Quinneville-Pouppe- to include the the foot of the Cotentin peninsula.

Much that of this criticism stressed removal the tant service units of the of two points: seven divisions, first, nearly 20 and a number of crucially imporhamstrung the offensive against the Gothic Line, just as the withdrawal of units the autumn had stymied the on the and a drive through the Ljubljana Gap to Vienna to forestall a Soviet arrival in the area would have been previous Winter Line. possible. point is attack second, that a landing in Although superficially Istria attractive, the first a half truth had the second Twenty defeat And is spurious.

In June 1944 illusion substance slip victory of while through his fingers. ROME AND AFTER June in Italy opened with the hands and the initiative firmly in Rome assured, but it was was issued for pursuit of the enemy north of the capital. Under its terms the original Diadem directive of 5 May and the disposiAllied fall of not until 7 June that a directive tion of forces observed Americans on the left since 1 May 1 in the coastal — the area and the — British on the right in the foothills and mountains was to be maintained as the Fifth and Eighth Armies advanced into northern Italy.

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