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Doughboys of the 88th Infantry Division follow cautiously behind a 752nd M4A3 as it ventures down a rainy, smoky Vicenza street on 28 April 1945. This proved to be the 752's highest casualty day of the war, due to very determined German rearguard action. 19 men of the 752nd were killed or wounded in the fighting in Vicenza. (U.S. Signal Corps image)
A 752nd M4A3 105mm assault gun moves past a burning German vehicle at a Vicenza intersection. An infantry squad takes cover between the tank and the buildings as they move slowly down the street. (U.S. Signal Corps image)
The same tank, seconds later. The tank begins moving faster, and the infantrymen disperse and break into a dash under German sniper fire. Things got much worse from here. (U.S. Signal Corps image)
A wounded 752nd tanker of Company A is carried away after his tank was hit by a Panzerfaust. Their tank is visible in the background. Pvt. Melvin Allen is being assisted by his crew members, (l-r) Gene Elliott, Wilbur Moore, and Herbert Horne. The man on the far right is with the 88th Infantry. This action occurred on Viale Verona, about 1 1/2 miles from the heart of Vicenza.(U.S. Signal Corps image)
Barely visible in the rubble, a 752nd tank has just crashed into a building, its driver killed seconds earlier by a sniper. Infantrymen check the buildings for the sniper. This crash occurred on Corso San Felice e Fortunato about 1 mile west of the heart of Vicenza. It is believed that the first three photographs of the M4A3 shown above were taken from the columned doorway just in front of the spot where this tank later crashed. (U.S. Signal Corps image)
Two tanks of the 752nd move down a Vicenza street, while another German vehicle burns ahead. The absence of infantry suggests that this area is secure, as close infantry support was required in urban fighting to protect the tanks from sniper and Panzerfaust fire. (U.S. Signal Corps image)
Infantry soldiers move past 752nd tanks parked on the side of a Vicenza street. The fighting is over, and a few civilians are beginning to appear. (U.S. Signal Corps image)
Word spread quickly that the fighting had ended. Vicenza citizens line the streets as the 752nd passes through, anxious to shake the hands of their American liberators. An assistant driver reciprocates. (U.S. Signal Corps image)
Grateful citizens of Vicenza toss food to some 752nd tankers. This is in dramatic contrast to the citizens of many of the smaller Italian towns and villages, who often had to depend upon handouts from the tankers. (U.S. Signal Corps image)

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