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Picture of General Mark Clark
This picture shows General Mark Clark, the Commander of the US Fifth Army in Italy from the start of the campaign to December 1944, when he became the commander of the 15th Army Group, replacing General Alexander, who had been promoted to the post of Supreme Allied Commander in the Mediterranean Theatre. Clark was a controversial figure, often believed to be too concerned with his own prestige, especially in the immediate aftermath of the final Allied victory on the Winter Line, where he ignored orders that were meant to prevent the defeated German troops from escaping in favour of making sure US troops reached Rome first. However he performed well as commander of the 15th Army Group, accepting a plan put forward by his subordinates instead of his own plan for the final campaign in 1945.