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Except f(n' von Zangen's gmup, all of the reserve divisions were first- rate and could, if committed soon enough, have an important inf1uence 011 the outcome of the fighting. Yet their disIX)sitions, partly determined by Kesseh'ing's reaction to Allied deception plans, made it unlikely that they could, or would, be able to reach the southern fmnt in time to inflllence the tide of battle. ted in defensive zones well sited in relation to terrain that favored the defense. If properlY manned, the Gustav and Hitler Lines well merited Kesselring's confidence that the gateway to the Liri vallev and to Rome was reasonablv secure.

Officer in Italy and his close personal For over two millennia ltalv's bootrelations with the naval commander, shaped peninsula has provided a colorVice Adm. Wilhelm Meendsen- ful and challenging stage for historical Bohlken, enabled the field marshal to drama. The peninsula's uniqueness lies secure the full support of I:x)th head- partly in the variety and challenging quarters without ever having to invoke his pm-vers under the "imminent dan120KW was. in certain respens, nominally supeger" clause.

The front the n rail eastward along a rall ge of hills nonh of the Garigliano Ri ve r as Lir as th e town of \1inturno. here th e front lin e co ntinu ed eas t through the village of Ru f(), non heast across the Ausente \'alley to a point just o;oudHvest of Castdt())"(e ~ 1l:xnIt six miles northeast of Minturl1o, th ence east. of the Monte M;-uo lIIassif and across the fOr\,"ard slo pes of ~fonti Turlitto, juga, and Ornito to the Garigliano. It followed th a t rive r's cast bank to the interarmy boundary along the southern edge of the Liri valley.

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