"the week of the Salerno beachhead"

The ports of Salerno as seen from the castle of Arechi
Public DomainThe ports of Salerno as seen from the castle of Arechi - Credit: Mattatoio5
Salerno is a city and a Mediterranean gulf in southwestern Italy about 30 miles southeast of Naples and 146 miles from Rome. It was the target of “Operation Avalanche,” the initial invasion of the Italian boot by the U.S. 5th Army starting on Sept. 9, 1943 -- six days after British forces landed at Calabria, the “toe” of the boot.