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On July 10 1943, American forces were landing on the beaches of Sicily. A battle group that included Tigers of 2/s.Pz.Abt.504 and units of the Hermann Göring Division moved south through Acate to meet them. That night they occupied a feature known to the Americans as Biazzo Ridge. This was the local high ground, and the road linking the invasion beaches ran through it. On the morning of July 11, American paratroops drove the Germans off the ridge. They tried to retake it and an intense battle developed. The Tigers entered the fray and fought the American infantry at close quarters; two-man bazooka teams engaged the Tigers. Reinforcements including Sherman tanks arrived in the evening and the Germans retreated to the west.
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