Captured German troops after the Battle for Rome

Once Mydans was freed from a Japanese internment camp, he went straight back to work. After writing a story for LIFE back in the United States, Mydans returned to the European front in time for an important Allied victory. Eight months after Italy had surrendered to Allied forces, Rome was liberated. Following months of battle in the area of Cassino, the U.S. Fifth Army made their way towards Rome. The capture of the city, although controversial, was significant since it was the first Axis capital to fall. There was little resistance from German forces once the Allies reached the outskirts of the city; German headquarters had ordered their troops to retreat. The men shown here were among the few Germans captured by the Allies. They are awaiting shipment to prison.
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Mydans, Carl
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Italia: Lazio, Rome
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overall: 8 in x 10 in; 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm
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Carl Mydans
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National Museum of American History