On September 9, 1943, Paestum was the location of the landing beaches of the U.S. 36th Infantry Division during the Allied invasion of Italy. German forces resisted the landings from the outset, causing heavy fighting within and around the town. Combat persisted around the town for nine days before the Germans withdrew to the north.
Behind the railway and station of Paestum dead soldiers were temporally buried. Today only the old station building is there just near the old crossing.
At the beach between yellow and blue stood a 15 meter high medieval tower. In this tower the Germans had an observation unit, snipers and a machinegun post. Eventually D company of 531th field battalion cleared the tower.
When taking the picture of the Tower I had to climb a fence and when I wanted to take a look at tower I almost get a heart attack by a black dog which was barking and running to the outside. I had disturbed his home…luckily it was not a German shepherd dog 😉