VOLTERRA FALLS TO THE AMERICAN FIFTH ARMY IN ITALY

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VOLTERRA FALLS TO THE AMERICAN FIFTH ARMY IN ITALY

From the July 11, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

Fifth Army troops inland drove on four miles yesterday after capturing Volterra, 26 miles southeast of the port of Leghorn. Other Allied forces on the coast were but ten miles from Leghorn.

Forced Nazi evacuation of Volterra was described officially as a blow to enemy hopes of holding the Allied drive northward.

Meanwhile, reports that Marshal Kesselring, German commander in Italy, would be ousted by Hitler were aired by Moscow Radio, which quoted rumors current in Fascist circles in Verona.

Tightening the ring around Arezzo, road and rail junction 37 miles southeast of Florence, Eighth Army troops repelled two counter-attacks southwest of the town, while other Allied forces menacing it advanced eight miles from Umbertide, about 25 miles southeast of Arezzo.



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A soldier of the Fifth Army on the attack near Leghorn.



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