• Jack Belden


IN SICK bay aboard a transport returning from Italy:—The Germans knew we were coming and waited for us. All they had to do was study the map and see that the obvious place for us to strike was south of Naples. Even correspondents who were not briefed before the operation and who possessed no special information guessed on the basis of logic that that was where we would land. On September 7, while we were steaming toward our objective, the Swiss radio announced that an Allied invasion fleet was carrying the Fifth Army toward Naples. The day before our landing our LST’s were bombed continuously. Probably the German air force had us under observation at all times. The enemy knew not only approximately where we were going to land but when.


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© Jack Belden 1944

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