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The battle for Anzio quickly became a static defensive, matter of attrition-not what airborne troops are trained for, and a waste of their skills. It was with considerable relief therefore that the men of the 504th finally received orders for England on 25 March. They left Anzio for Naples in LSTs, still under fire, and finally arrived in England on 10 April. The 82nd's war in Italy had finished. The troopers had more than proved themselves in combat but suffered terrible casualties in the process.
Based near Reims the 'resting' paratroopers kept in fighting trim by scrapping with the 101st at any opportunity and vying for the favours of local girls. Conscious of the possibility of their being summoned for fire-brigade duties, Gavin made sure that full stocks of ammunition and supplies were to hand even though the division was supposed to be in reserve. His prudence was justified. 53 Above: Pfc Richard Stafford of the light machine gun platoon, HQ Company 1st Battalion 508th PIR at ijmegen.
Those that did get ashore, however, sought vengeance. The ferocity of their attack quite overwhelmed the Germans, who faltered in the face of screaming troopers coming at them with bayonets and grenades. Seeing the destruction of the boats some troopers on the far shore simply took bandoliers of ammunition and their rifles and swam across (which says much for the physical condition of paratroopers). Tanks acting as artillery pounded the Germans from across the river in an attempt to support the troopers on the far side.