Axis turn of May 4th, 1944
In Italy, US tanks continued to push through Calabria and, after five days of violent fighting, shattered the 20th Coastal Corps.
The battleship Revenge, in the fleet supporting the fighting in Calabria with shore bombardment, was damaged by specialised dive bombers of Regia Aeronautica. Comando Supremo asked the Regia Marian to intervene as well and try to finish the job, but no submarines where in position to attack at the time.
In Germany, the planed Spring Blosom II offensive, this time targeting the British to push them back across the Rhine as well, was postponed. When OKH inquired about the preparations, Marshal Rommel answered that in discussion with Guderian, they agreed that the concentration of British tanks in the sector would put them at risk of a bloody counterattack even if the offensive would succeed. It might then be better to wait and see if the British would try first to attack and then German tanks, numerous in the sector, could then counterattack after the British exhausted themselves on our defenses.
When OKH inquired if such a counterattack would still be possible even if both the British and Americans made gains at the same time, Rommel simply answered that “this might be more complicated”.