The Gothic Line: Canada’s Month of Hell in World War II Italy

The Gothic Line: Canada’s Month of Hell in World War II Italy

Mark Zuehlke


Like an armor-toothed belt throughout Italy’s higher thigh, the Gothic Line used to be the main fortified and fiercely defended place the German military had but thrown within the course of the Allied forces. On August 25, 1944, it fell to I Canadian Corps to spearhead the famed 8th Army’s significant offensive, meant to tear via it.

The 1st Infantry and fifth Armored Divisions complicated right into a killing floor lined by means of hundreds of thousands of machine-gun, antitank gun positions, and pillboxes expertly sited in the back of minefields and dense thickets of barbed cord. by no means had the Germans in Italy introduced quite a bit artillery to endure or deployed any such nice variety of tanks.

For 28 days, the conflict raged because the Allied troops slugged an ever deeper gap into the German defences. The Metauro River, the Foglia River, element 204, Tomba Di Pesaro, Coriano Ridge, San Martino, and San Fortunato turned position names seared into the thoughts of these who fought there.

They fought in a dust-choked land below a searing solar which by means of battle's finish was once lowered to a guagmire via rain. yet they prevailed and on September 22 gained the floor overlooking the Po River Valley, commencing the way in which for the subsequent section of the Allied advance.

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