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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 2:58 p.m. PST

"Italy, early December 1943. It had been raining since mid-September. Rivers in the area were running high, bridges were swept away, and road surfaces were mostly gone. And, of course, it was cold.

The German Winter Line had held out despite attack after attack by Lieutenant General Mark Clark's Fifth Army. Regardless of any progress made, no advance beyond the Mignano Gap to Cassino was achieved. This Gap was flanked by the Camino hill mass including mountains such as la Difensa, la Remetanea, Rotondo, and Lungo.

On 22 November, Fifth Army had announced Operation Raincoat, "the plan to breach the mountain passes." One of the units in this plan was new to the Italian theater, having previously served in the invasion of Kiska in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. It was assigned to the U.S. 36th Infantry Division as the spearhead of the operation. This unit was the First Special Service Force…"
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Personal logo Condotta Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2018 3:02 p.m. PST

Interesting story. Brave soldiers, unique leadership, a force not to be denied.

Legion 415 Jun 2018 3:08 p.m. PST

US ARMY SF traces some of it's linage back to the 1SSF, IIRC …

JayM48116 Jun 2018 7:57 p.m. PST

So does Canadian SF.

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