German patrol in the Apennines
This photograph taken in the Apennines shows a German rearguard patrol tasked with covering the retreat.

German howitzer in the Gothic Line
Despite the evidence, the German propaganda showed that it considered victory as possible. In this photograph, published in the magazine Signal, a heavy howitzer gets ready to open fire in the Gothic Line.

German motorbike messengers
Partisan activity in the roads was dedicated mainly to ambushes against the messengers, which notably difficulted the communication between the command posts and the diverse German units.

Fascist resistance in Valtellina
The choice of Valtellina as a "national redoubt" for the Fascists had been made in anticipation of a extreme German resistance in the neighboring Bavaria. But the Allied vanguards advanced across Germany and were already in front of the Bavarian Alps.

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