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PTE MOCK TEST-9-READING FILL IN THE BLANKS

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PTE MOCK TEST-9-READING FILL IN THE BLANKS

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By the beginning of February 1945, the British 14th Army was on the banks of the Irrawaddy River and ……….. to strike into central Burma. The officers and the men were both tired and …………. : the year before, they had fought an epic battle against the Japanese at Imphal, stopping a strong drive and an attempt to …………. them at Kohima.

They were able to push the ……….. force back, but now the Japanese Army sat on the banks of Burma’s Irrawaddy, waiting for the next British offensive. It was …………….. to determine how the next fight would go.


outflank, possible, impossible, poised, similar, triumphant, opposing


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On 14 April 1945, after a few days of weather delays, Truscott’s Fifth Army ground attack began. They seized the Pra del Bianco basin and Reno River valley after …………. fighting, and during 15-18 April pushed northward from ridgeline to ridgeline, and from valley town to valley town with steady progress at the cost of heavy casualties. American firepower superiority and …………………… infantry attacks slowly pushed back the Germans, who fought stubbornly but ………….. . Although the IV Corps had advanced only six miles by 19 April, there were already signs that the Axis defensive line in the Apennines was vulnerable.

To the east, intense bombing on 15 April around Bologna, the Po Valley highways, and along the ridges and valleys, supported attacks along II Corps’ front, renewed on 17 April. By nightfall, only a rapidly ………………… Axis force and about thirty miles of relatively flat terrain stood between the IV Corps and the Po River. In the face of superior Allied air and ground forces, and with ………….. reserves, the Germans had little chance of containing the ………………. American breakthrough.


Developed, aggressive, emerging, peaceful, disintegrating, futilely, intense, usefully, negligible


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The Adige Line’s intricate system of ……….. , dugouts, and machine-gun positions in the Alpine foothills varied in depth from 1,000 to 5,000 yards. But Axis forces lacked the material and manpower to organize a …………….. barrier and Fifth Army’s rapid advance had denied them the opportunity. German units had ……………….. into small groups of harried soldiers retreating as best they could under intense Allied pressure, blocking their …………… south of the Alps.

 


Advance, cohesive, retreat, fragmented, trenches, disintegrated


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