Sunday February 17, 2019
Partly Cloudy 54°F/12°C in Cedar Park, Texas
Clear 54°F/12°C in Anzio, Lazio, Italy
The other day, when I walked Lola over to the mail center at my apartment complex, I reached into my mailbox and pulled out my copy of LST Scuttlebutt, the newsletter of the U.S. LST
Association, which I joined
back in 2003 when I first began researching my father’s Navy service in World War
2. The cover story this month is devoted
to the 75th Anniversary of
the Allied invasion at Anzio, about 32 miles south of Rome and was the first step
in the long, bloody offensive which resulted in the liberation of the Italian capital on June 5th 1944 – the day just before the Allied landings
at Normandy on D-Day, June 6th 1944. The Normandy landings completely
overshadowed the Fall of Rome and the actions of the general who commanded the
Allied Fifth Army, General Mark Clark.
The Anzio campaign commanded the world’s attention in the months between
January and June of 1944 and reverberated throughout history for years afterward.
It was one of the bloodiest campaigns of the war for the Americans who fought
their way up the boot of Italy. And in 2017 on one of my visits with Michael
and Laura in Rome, I asked them to indulge me and take me to the monastery at
Montecassino and the beach at Anzio.
Mike Botula at Polish Military Cemetery
at Montecassino, Italy
When I returned to Texas, I devoted one of my Rome Diary pieces to the visit.Here is the blog: