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War Secrets: Italy's Forgotten Invasion

War Secrets: Italy's Forgotten Invasion
47:34 | 2001

Categories: Documentary, History, War

The truth about this sunken war secret was uncovered by four Italian divers, who are on board, helping and advising the Americans. This was the site of an allied operation that proved to be a turning point in the Italian campaign of World War II. September 9th, 1943. 'Operation Avalanche' is launched. An Allied landing fleet of more than 400 naval units arrives off the coast of Salerno. 

Fifty years later two local scuba experts stumble upon wreckage in the area of the invasion . As they investigate further they uncover one wreck after another, including an American top secret weapon that all records show wasn't deployed until the D-Day invasion, a year later. Using archival material, eye witness accounts and fishermen's reference points, they start to piece together a remarkable and little known story from World War Two. 

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