Object of the Month – June 2019
In May we began to mark the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy on 6th June 1944 through the live tweeting of a diary from a soldier who landed on Gold Beach. (You can follow his progress and experience on twitter via https://twitter.com/Diary1944 or under the handle @Diary1944).
Due the sheer scale and success of the landings, it is easy to forget that Allied armies were already fighting in Europe, in Italy. After securing Sicily, the Allies landed on the Italian ‘toe’ in September 1943 and faced heavy German resistance who were entrenched in a series of defensive lines. After a number of offensives, the Allied armies broke through and American troops entered Rome on 4th June 1944.
Our Object of the Month for June 2019 is this map of Rome (NIWM.2012.1615.008), printed in 1945 for Rome Area Allied Command. It shows the locations of various clubs, theatres and cinemas and places of worship for Allied troops that were based or on leave in the city. It also shows the city’s famous landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Vatican City.
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