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Today in World War II History—Feb. 16, 1944

Ruins of Abbey of Monte Cassino, 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

Ruins of Abbey of Monte Cassino, 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 16, 1944: New Zealanders launch assault on Monte Cassino after previous day’s bombing, but fail to take it.

Germans launch “Fischfang” offensive at Anzio; the first use of German Panther tanks in the west fails in the mud.

Movie premiere of Passage to Marseille, starring Humphrey Bogart & Claude Rains.