Wednesday, January 22, 2014
70 years on
The Allied advance up the length of Italy was a slow and bloody campaign against the German in 1944/45.
Today saw the some of the surviving combatants gather at the Anzio landing site near Rome for what for some maybe their last visit.
There is a Commonwealth grave nearby below the imposing hill upon which lies Assisi. There is a group of Italians who look after the cemetery and they have each adopted a number of the soldiers graves. These they visit and maintain. It is moving place as the soldiers were generally in their early 20's and the war had so few months to go.