Episode 5: The Invasion of Italy
After victory in North Africa, Britain and the United States prepare for their first assault on Axis controlled Europe. The Americans want to attack Nazi Germany through France but the British fear a bloodbath. They persuade their Allies to launch huge amphibious invasion of Sicily and then Italy instead. The battle for Sicily is fierce, but with the mafia working in the shadows, the island falls. Italian dictator and Axis ally, Benito Mussolini, is toppled power in disgrace and the stand-in regime sues for peace. The door to central Europe looks wide open but the Nazis are one step ahead. When the Allies’ invasion force hits mainland Italy they’re mercilessly bludgeoned by crack German troops that have already occupied the country. The liberation of Rome comes at huge cost and under the shadow of US and British in-fighting.