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Anzio (än`tsyō), Lat. Antium, town (1991 pop. 33,497), in Latium, central Italy, on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is a seaside resort with a fishing industry. A Volscian town, it was captured by Rome in 341 B.C. and became a favorite resort of the Romans. Nero and Caligula were born there; among the ruins of Nero's villa two famous statues, the Apollo Belvedere and the Girl of Anzio, were found. Anzio declined in the Middle Ages, but it revived c.1700 and became a residence of the popes. During World War II, Allied troops landed (Jan., 1944) at Anzio and nearby Nettuno to draw German forces from Cassino, thus effecting a breakthrough (May, 1944) to Rome.
a port and resort on the W coast of Italy: site of Allied landings in World War II. Pop.: 36 952 (2001)
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The first casualty occurred in February 1944 when enemy shelling near Anzio, Italy
, killed Lt Terry Rowe.
The son that William left behind went on to serve in the London Irish Rifles in the Second World War but was killed at Anzio, Italy
, in 1944.
From Oran he went to Anzio, Italy
, where he was wounded in battle in early 1944, struck in the leg by shrapnel.
Ewing's Purple Heart, a medal he was awarded for being wounded on the beaches of Anzio, Italy
, in 1944.
At Anzio, Italy
, he met fellow comrade Cpl Eric Mallinson, of Holmfirth, who served in North Africa, Italy, Palestine, Syria and Egypt.
He fought at Anzio, Italy
, in 1944, as an artillerist.
He received a purple heart for an injury he sustained in the invasion of Anzio, Italy
When Allied armies hit the beach at Anzio, Italy
, in January 1944, 200 American nurses went ashore with the troops.