The Battles for the Mignano Gap: The new Italian Army’s baptism of fire
An introduction and visit to the battlefields
- Friday, December 6th, 2013
- 10.15 am
- Hotel Rocca, Cassino
Between the 8th and the 17th of December, 1943, American and Italian troops fought for the first time together, in a coordinated operation against the German Bernhardt Line (the Winterline for the Allies), the last resistance on the via Casilina, the road to Rome, before Cassino. The Battle of Montelungo was not only a test of the new army’s mettle against the German position, but it also showed General Clark that Italian soldiers could be trusted.
Professor James Walston, of The American University of Rome, Lieutenant Colonel Livio Cavallaro, Scuola di Fanteria di Cesano, and Matthew Parker, Author of ‘Monte Cassino: The Story of the Hardest-fought Battle of World War Two’ (2004) will offer, in English, an outline of this key moment in US-Italian relations, a summary of the events from a military point of view, and an overview of the battles for the Mignano Gap within the wider context of the battles for Montecassino and the entire Italian campaign.
The presentations are intended as a short introduction preceding the visit to the battlefields. The goal is to offer English speaking journalists, historians, military and cultural attachés a synthetic overview of the battles of Montelungo and of San Pietro Infine.
The presentation will be held in the Hotel Rocca Conference Room, Via Sferracavallo, 105 03043 Cassino (FR) (0776 311212). A shuttle service will be available for transit from Cassino railway station to the Hotel Rocca Conference Rooms and to the battlefields.
12.00: Visit to Montelungo
12.45: Light buffet
15.00: Visit to San Pietro Infine
16.30: Return to the Hotel
Organized by Professor Andrea Branchi