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Battlefield is a documentary series initially issued in 1994-5 that explores the most important battles fought during the Second World War. The series employs a novel approach in which the history of World War II is described by detailed accounts of 12 major battles together with a variety of background and other related information. The series provides a comprehensive narrative of the war; in addition to traditional tactical details, subjects such as personalities and motivations of the leaders, technological developments, management of war economies, strategic contributions of smaller battles, etc. are explored in terms of their contribution to particular turning points. Rare footage specific to each battle is included.
When victory in North Africa seemed assured, Allied Planners turned their attention to Italy. The objective was to seize Rome, knock Italy out of the war and push north towards Austria.