"the war moving north, the war almost over"

RAF men in Italy
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This places the time period of the Italian narrative close to the end of World War II.

Italy had formally surrendered in 1943, but the other Axis powers continued to fight in Italy. The final Allied victory against Axis powers in Italy came in the spring of 1945.