Touching Firm Ground At Anzio
The piling up of soldiers has a slightly clown-car quality, as men raise their hands in celebration. Here you can see U.S. Army troops happy and relieved to reach Italian soil after their beachhead landings at Anzio during Operation Shingle, part of the Italian Campaign of World War II.
The battle was started with the hope of outflanking Germans at the Winter Line and, ultimately, allowing the Allies to make enough progress to attack Rome. The battle would commence on 22 January 1944, followed by the Allied amphibious landings.
Image taken by Robert Capa.