PHOTOS OF THE OLD ANZIO-NETTUNO BEACHHEAD – TAKEN ONE YEAR AFTER THE BATTLE

Over a year ago Allied Soldiers broke out of the Anzio-Nettuno beachhead to join forces advancing from the south to capture Rome. YANK’s Sgt. Don Breimhurst took these pictures of the area as it looks now, with its deserted beaches, villas and hotels.



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The water front of Anzio, once one of the world’s busiest harbors. The buildings are not as sound as they look. Every now and then one of them caves in.

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In the Nettuno cemetery the flag flies over crosses which mark the graves of 8,000 American soldiers. Last GI unit left in the area was a grave registration company that looked after the cemetery.

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A priest walks along the edge of a deserted beach road in Anzio where Allied supply trucks once moved in a steady stream. The doors of unused buildings like these are blocked with barbed wire.



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This fisherman got bigger hauls by using hand grenades, TNT and camouflage nets picked up on the battlefields.

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Shepherds lead their flock down a road where fierce tank battles raged. They still have a hard time keeping their sheep from tripping over mines.

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Native workmen haul away rocs and plaster from the ruins of what was a luxurious resort hotel in Anzio. Some of it may be used for new construction.

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A woman walks by one of the German pillboxes left on the beach of Anzio. The Germans were surprised the day the Allies landed and never used them.



For More on the Battle of Anzio-Nettuno Check Out:

Fatal Decision: Anzio and the Battle for Rome




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