DRIVE TAKES 5TH ARMY 15 MILES FROM BOLOGNA, SUPPLY LINE FROM THE BRENNER PASS

From the September 25, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

American troops of the 5th Army yesterday were within 15 miles of Bologna, key point on the German supply line from the Brenner Pass, after a ten-day offensive which left the Gothic Line a mass of wreckage.

In an attack which netted Lt. Gen. Mark. W. Clark’s men 2,600 prisoners, the Yanks captured Futa Pass, on the direct Florence-Bologna highway.

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American GIs march in columns towards Bologna, in their advance to the Po Valley.

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Medics of the American Fifth Army and Seventh Armies meet at the Brenner pass. The Brenner pass is the mountain pass which forms the border between Italy and Austria. The two divisions who first met were the 5th Army’s 88th Infantry Division and the 7th Army’s 103rd Infantry Division.

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