As Allies Reach the End of the Road to Rome
Armour of the 5th Army rolls past the ancient Colosseum in Rome, which our triumphant troops occupied on the night of June 4, 1944, while cheering Italians line the pavement. Before the liberators, Kesselring's forces were retreating miles to the north, pursued by our advance mobile columns and battered by our air forces. The Colosseum erected by the Roman emperor Vespasian in A.D. 72, was inaugurated in A.D. 80, by Titus; whose armies at that time were occupying part of Germany. Photo, U.S. Official.