This is a 21 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on World War II - European Theater - Battle of Monte Cassino. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
The Winter Line was a series of German military fortifications in Italy, constructed by Organization Todt and commanded by Albert Kesselring. The series of 3 lines was designed to defend a western section of Italy, focused around the town of Cassino, through which ran the important Highway 6 which led uninterrupted to Rome.
The Gustav Line, though ultimately broken, effectively slowed the Allied invasion for months between December 1943 and June 1944. Major battles in the assault on the Winter Line at Monte Cassino and Anzio alone resulted in 98,000 Allied casualties and 60,000 Axis Casualties.
The Winter Line was fortified with gun pits, concrete bunkers, turreted machine-gun emplacements, barbed-wire and minefields. It was the strongest of the German defensive lines south of Rome.
On the western side of the Apennines were 2 subsidiary lines, the Bernhardt Line in front of the main Gustav positions, and the Hitler Line some 5 miles to the rear. About 15 German divisions were employed in the defense. It took the Allies from mid-November 1943 to June 1944 to fight through all the various elements of the Winter Line, including the well-known battles at Monte Cassino and Anzio.
A major effort was made against the Hitler Line on May 23rd in conjunction with a breakout from the Anzio beachhead. Both efforts were successful and soon the German 10th Army was reeling and facing being surrounded. With VI Corps surging inland from Anzio, Clark shockingly ordered them to turn northwest for Rome rather than cut off and aid in the destruction of von Vietinghoff.
This action may have been the result of Clark's concern that the British would enter the city first despite it being assigned to 5th Army. Driving north, his troops occupied the city on June 4th. Despite the success in Italy, the Normandy landings two days later transformed it into a secondary theater of the war.
The presentation covers the following:
Winter Lines (2)
Abby of Monte Cassino (2)
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