©Stars and StripesAprilia, Italy, January, 1945: Two-year-old Ignazio Virzi sits on the shell-splintered front stoop of the family home in Aprilia, a town known to Allied troops as "The Factory" because of its numerous brick buildings. Aprilia was the scene of fierce fighting a year earlier, as the German defenses regrouped after a relatively easy landing by 110,000 U.S. and British troops on January 22, 1944.

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