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Infantry and a supporting Churchill tank advancing along the Argenta road in Italy, April 1945

Photograph, World War Two, Italy (1943-1945), 1945.

The Argenta Gap was a heavily defended strip of dry land between Lake Comacchio and the Lombardy marshes blocking the Allies' route to the Lombardy plain and north-east Italy. On 17 April elements of 5th Corps used amphibious armoured vehicles to outflank the German positions and breach their lines. They established a bridgehead that was reinforced by the 78th and 56th Infantry Divisions. This allowed the 6th Armoured Division to pass through the gap.

From a collection of British official war photographs relating to the 78th Division.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1999-03-88-125


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study Collection

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