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Italy marks 80 years since Liberation of Rome in 1944

Liberation of Rome marked a turning point in Allied campaign in Europe.

Today marks the 80th anniversary of Rome's liberation from German occupation, with the arrival of Allied troops in the Italian capital on 4 June 1944.

American soldiers from the Fifth Army, led by General Mark Clark, moved into Rome from the south along Via Casilina and Via Appia as the Germans withdrew northwards along Via Cassia.

On 5 June the Allied troops marched triumphantly through the streets of Rome where they received a tumultuous welcome from the city's residents.

On 4 June, retreating German soldiers executed 14 prisoners at La Storta, in the northern outskirts of Rome, including 12 Italian partisans, one Pole and one Englishman.

The prisoners had been held at the Gestapo headquarters on Via Tasso, which acted as a notorious jail and torture centre during the nine-month Nazi occupation of Rome.

The arrival of the Allies in Rome followed the Anzio and Nettuno landings south of the capital in January 1944 and the Battle of Monte Cassino, one of the bloodiest battles in world war two.

In October 1943 the Nazis deported more than 1,000 Roman Jews to Auschwitz in a single operation while in March 1944 they murdered 335 Romans in the Fosse Ardeatine massacre.

The liberation of Rome marked a turning point in the Allied campaign in Europe and came two days before D-Day when tens of thousands of Allied troops landed simultaneously on the coast of Normandy.

The 80th anniversary of the Liberation of Rome will be marked with a series of commemorative events in the Italian capital on Tuesday 4 June.

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