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Rare photos chronicle World War II's brutal Italian Campaign

Not published in LIFE. Italians watch American armor pass during the drive towards Rome along the Appian Way, World War II.

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World War II in Color: The Italian Campaign and the Road to Rome, 1944 | LIFE.com

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World War II in Color: The Italian Campaign and the Road to Rome

British and South African soldiers hold up a Nazi trophy flag while combat engineers on bulldozers clear a path through the debris of a bombed-out city, Italian Campaign, World War II. Read more: World War II in Color: The Italian Campaign and the Road to Rome, 1944 | LIFE.com http://life.time.com/history/world-war-ii-in-color-photos-italian-campaign/#ixzz3L1XFV8qX

World War II in Color: The Italian Campaign and the Road to Rome | LIFE.com

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World War II in Color: The Italian Campaign and the Road to Rome

World War II in Color: The Italian Campaign and the Road to Rome, 1944 | LIFE | TIME.com

World War II in Color: The Italian Campaign and the Road to Rome

World War II in Color: The Italian Campaign and the Road to Rome | LIFE.com

On the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Sicily, LIFE.com presents color photos from the Italian Campaign by the great Carl Mydans. Here an American soldier on a meal break during the drive towards Rome in 1944

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The Allies at Anzio: Rare Photos From WWII’s Italian Campaign | LIFE.com. Caption from LIFE. "In ruined Anzio American and British soldiers gather around man who has just been hit by fragments of a shell bursting in the street. Casualty had come ashore from the harbor 40 seconds before."

National Proposal Day: Patti Stanger Judges 7 Viral Engagements

The Allies at Anzio: Rare Photos From WWII’s Italian Campaign | LIFE.com George Silk—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Caption from LIFE. "LST's nuzzle up to shore in Anzio harbor to unload fresh American troops."

Rare photos chronicle World War II's brutal Italian Campaign

Rubble: As they drove toward Rome along the Appian Way, Allied forces bombed Italian towns in an attempt to drive out the German forces.

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