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Today in World War II History—May 23, 1944

US patrol in Cisterna, Italy, 25 May 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

US patrol in Cisterna, Italy, 25 May 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—May 23, 1944: In Italy Allies launch assault to break out at Anzio and cut Highway 7 below Cisterna.

In breakout from Anzio, US 3rd Division suffers 1000 casualties, among the costliest days for any US division of the war.

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