The task of the army group was to protect the area south of Rome. Consequently, the Allied offensive had to wait on the current positions. Yet the need for a broad and probably rapid withdrawal could easily occur due to the landing of the enemy in our rear or in the course of the battle. The fundamental ideas of the Supreme Command could make it extremely difficult. But above all it was necessary to do everything possible to ensure the highest degree of readiness for defense. Measures to it, consisted in strengthening bridgeheads, increase warehouse supplies, strengthening the front between the shore and Cassino, where there were unmistakable signs of the enemy concentration and the formation of a mobile reserve of four divisions.