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 PTE READING MOCK TEST FOR PRACTICE 21

PTE READING MOCK TEST FOR PRACTICE 21

PTE READING MOCK TEST FOR PRACTICE 20

1

Along the way to Utah Beach, you’ll see the rocky ………………..  Pointe du Hoc, where American Rangers …………… the cliffs to knock out German guns. The cliff is still marked by giant shell craters from ………… bombing missions by the Army Air Corps.

At Utah Beach itself, the ………….. will find an excellent museum on the site of a German observation post, which is preserved inside. There you’ll reflect on the good fortune that …………. the American troops who mistakenly landed where German defenses were weakest, thus making the Normandy …………. far less bloody here at Utah Beach than at the others.


Invasion, few, numerous, scaled, visit, visitor, visited, outcropping, outcrop


PTE READING MOCK TEST FOR PRACTICE 21

2

The winter fighting in the Apennines had ………….. the Allies to good positions in the heights overlooking the Po Valley, even if they were unable to break through. The early months of 1945 were used well to ………………. and refresh the Allied forces, ready for the spring offensive.

Operations began on 5 April 1945 with a diversionary attack on the Ligurian coast. To the east, on the Adriatic coast, Polish, Indian, New Zealander, and British soldiers of the Eighth Army …………forwar.. d on 9 April after a massive air and artillery barrage. For the next several days they gradually pushed the Axis forces north toward the vital Argenta gap, just west of the …………. Comacchio Lagoon. In spite of stubborn German resistance, the British ………………. the Argenta gap on 18 April, thereby threatening to turn the entire Axis flank.


Apprehended, seized, surged, build, rebuild, open, brought, impassable


 PTE READING MOCK TEST FOR PRACTICE 21

3

By 24 April the entire Fifth Army front had ……………. the Po and the British Eighth Army units in the east were closing on the river. To take advantage of the deteriorating enemy …………… and the feeble resistance along the Po River, Truscott discarded plans for a slow, deliberate river crossing, and instead issued instructions to jump the river as quickly as ………………… and press the attack northwest toward Verona, about sixty miles above Bologna in the Alpine foothills, to block escape routes to the Brenner Pass, and breach the Adige Line before it could be fully…………….. .

Lack of bridging threatened to delay his plans. With no permanent spans ……………… Allied air bombardments, a variety of amphibious craft, rubber rafts, wooden boats, and ferries were pressed into service to carry men and light equipment across the river.


Current, situation, surviving, state, manned, unlikely, reached, possible


CHECK ANSWERS
1- outcropping, scaled, numerous, visitor, visited, invasion 2-  brought, rebuild, surged, impassable, seized 3- reached, situation, possible, manned, surviving