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        The War in Italy | Ken Burns: The War

        View images from the Italian Campaign of World War II, including the United States 442nd Infantry Regiment, composed almost entirely of men of Japanese-American ancestry, who fought with distinction and valor. In 1943, after the Axis Powers of Germany and Italy failed to secure North Africa, Allied forces, led by the United States and Britain, invaded Sicily, forcing Italy to surrender. But German troops held fast to the Italian mainland. The Italian Campaign of World War II began in 1943 and lasted until May of 1945. The battles were fierce and costly for the Allied troops.

        Target Acquired | Ken Burns: The War

        A soldier aims his M1 rifle at an enemy position in Italy. August 30, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-340933).

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        The Cost in Italy | Ken Burns: The War

        The battered body of a dead American soldier, Italy. January 12, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-237477).

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        A Soldier inside a Bombed Church | Ken Burns: The War

        An Army private examines damage to the altar of a Catholic Church in Acerno, Italy, as light pours through the bomb-shattered roof. September 23, 1943. Credit: The National Archives (WC-1033).

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        Christmas Packages | Ken Burns: The War

        Soldiers celebrate Christmas in Pietramelara, Italy. December 16, 1943. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-184611).

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        Italian Thanks | Ken Burns: The War

        A wounded soldier of the Fifth Army, the force that liberated Rome, receives a gift from an Italian boy. June 4, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-190656).

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        En Route | Ken Burns: The War

        Japanese-Americans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment after 16 days of fighting for control of Leghorn, Italy. July 15, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-340923).

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        Gun Crew near the Volturno River | Ken Burns: The War

        Gun crew attempts to protect a 50 calibar gun from the rain and mud near the Volturno River at Venafro, Italy. November 16, 1943. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-183318).

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        Trudging Forward | Ken Burns: The War

        Soldiers of Corado "Babe" Ciarlo's 3rd Infantry Division walk on a mountain trail near Caserta, Italy. November 2, 1943. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-270610).

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        Sightseeing in Rome | Ken Burns: The War

        An American soldier strolls the streets of Rome, Italy, sightseeing, an Italian woman on each arm. June 9, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-190454).

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        Memorial Service | Ken Burns: The War

        Near Cecina, Italy, Japanese-Americans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team hold a memorial service for their fallen comrades. July 30, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-340928).

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        442nd: Seeking Shelter | Ken Burns: The War

        Japanese-American infantrymen of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team run for cover from a German artillery shelling. Italy, April 4, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (WC-1031).

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        100th Infantry on the March | Ken Burns: The War

        Near Velletri, Italy. Japanese-Americans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 34th Division, advance along a dusty road. May 28, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-186637).

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