In Summer 1944, after having broken the German Gustav Line at Monte Cassino and conquered Rome, the Allies hoped to win the Italian Campaign before the winter.
It did not happen. Entrenched behind the formidable Gothic Line, two German Armies ( the Tenth and the Fourteenth) fought with fierceness , slowing the allied advance in Italy.
The battle for the Gothic Line was a bloody battle with appalling casualties not only amid the armed forces or the partisans units, but also amid the civil populace , innocent victim of the bombardments and of the roundups.
This is a short story of those days.
Click here: The forgotten front
Main sources: Rick Atkinson, The day of battle. The war in Sicily and Italy , 1943-45, Holt paperbacks, 2008
James Holland, Italy’s sorrow : a year of war 1944-45, Harper Collins, 2008
On the web: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-Cassino/USA-MTO-Cassino-17.html
Here a map of the battle in the eastern front ( Leese)