Paestum

peastum mapOn September 9, 1943, Paestum was the location of the landing beaches of the U.S. 36th Infantry Division during the Allied invasion of Italy. German forces resisted the landings from the outset, causing heavy fighting within and around the town. Combat persisted around the town for nine days before the Germans withdrew to the north.








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Road leading from Temples to inland  (click pciture to enlarge)


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Entrance opposite of 'Temple of Neptune'  (click pciture to enlarge)

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Staff of 408th battalion inside Temple of Neptune  (click pciture to enlarge)

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Nurses of the 93rd Evacuation Hospital unit within the ancient wall  (click pciture to enlarge)
Behind the railway and station of Paestum dead soldiers were temporally buried. Today only the old station building is there just near the old crossing.

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Behind the railway dead are buried  (click pciture to enlarge)

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German soldiers are buried at church  (click pciture to enlarge)
At the beach between yellow and blue stood a 15 meter high medieval tower. In this tower the Germans had an observation unit, snipers and a machinegun post. Eventually D company of 531th field battalion cleared the tower.

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German strongpoint in medieval tower  (click pciture to enlarge)
When taking the picture of the Tower I had to climb a fence and when I wanted to take a look at tower I almost get a heart attack by a black dog which was barking and running to the outside. I had disturbed his home...luckily it was not a German shepherd dog ;-)