Friday, November 23, 2007

Battle of Troina
The Battle of Troina took place from July 31 and August 6, 1943. Forces of the U.S. II Corps, part of U.S. Seventh Army, engaged in fierce fighting around the town of Troina in the central portions of Sicily along the Caronie Mountains. The battle focused around the fight for numerous hills and mountains surrounding Troina which the Germans heavily fortified and used as bases of direct and indirect fires.

Battle of Troina The Battle
Allied pressure had broken the Etna Line, but there would be no lightning exploitation of the victory. Taking maximum advantage of the constricting terrain and armed with a seemingly inexhaustible supply of mines, General Hube withdrew his XIV Panzer Corps in orderly phases toward Messina.
Patton made a second bid to trap the 29th Panzer Grenadier Division on 11 August, when he sent Colonel Bernard on another amphibious end run, this time at Brolo. Once again Bernard's men achieved complete surprise, but they soon came under heavy pressure as the German units trapped by the landing tried to batter their way out. Bernard's group proved too small to keep the Germans bottled up, and by the time Truscott linked up with the landing force, the bulk of the 29th Panzer Grenadier Division had escaped.

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