Six Army nurses were killed by the German bombing and strafing during the Battle of Anzio
, where Balch, Doyle, and Plenert served.
The `whale' at Anzio
had almost been driven back into the sea but naval and air bombardment helped relieve the pressure.
But it was a trip to Beachhead War Cemetery, on the outskirts of Anzio
, where some of his cherished comrades are buried, which was the hardest part of the journey for Mr Cooper.
He visited Italy and took the cigarette box back where it was bought long ago in Anzio
, and took a photograph of it at the war cemetery together with Ron's campaign medal.
The plan to reach Rome through Anzio
not only failed but threatened to become another Dunkirk.
Running in the colours of Mayo-born Tommy Staunton, Anzio
was backed from 5-1 to complete the hat-trick and the blinkered Irish-bred is now Royal Ascot bound.
He was a Bren gunner at Anzio
when, one night, he and his comrades came under fire.
The Fifth Army was first to initiate combat on the European mainland, landing at Anzio
before D-Day at Normandy.
Assigned to the Fifth Army's 2nd Auxiliary Surgical Group, Berret went to war, helping wounded GIs in Tunisia, Sicily, Naples, Rome, Anzio
, and other far-flung places.
Whicker's War (Channel 4, 9pm) Veteran broadcaster Alan Whicker takes us back to the days before he toured the world for television -- and returns to the Italian town of Anzio
where he served as a soldier.
The bitterness shown by Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema concerning the Mount Cernis ski gondola tragedy almost sounds like a reprisal for Anzio
Corporal Si Schofield, 32, of Gateshead, trains with the Tyne reservists at Anzio
House on Newcastle's Quayside.