Sir Ridley Scott, English film director and producer; (Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise) won a Best Picture Oscar for Gladiator (2000). Scared to death. That too proved essential to their subsequent combat record—which truly was one of going “always forward.”, Division commander Major General George Price Hays (top) was awarded a Medal of Honor in the First World War; his new “ski troops” (below) captured the public imagination. Moved the gun up to a new position and 1 minute later a mortar hit my old foxhole and wounded [Laverne] Staebell and [Leonard] Giddix…Counterattack surrounded us. The last German who got up and yelled ‘Kamerad!’ I held with an empty gun. Killed my first Jerry on the ridge (Division objective). This request was to honor Robert V Mason Jr who died at the battle of Mount Belvedere on Feb. 20, 1945..Robert was the last male member of the family, thus ending family name forever. Among those tripping a wire to a stake mine that night on Gorgolesco was Captain Charles Page Smith, commander of the 85th’s C Company. Sergeant Evans and his squad, mixed with men from other platoons, found themselves just downhill of the final German stronghold on Gorgolesco’s summit. Les survivants du Belvédère sont aujourd’hui très peu nombreux et leurs témoignages s’avèrent bien sûr essentiels. The city was the site of the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. Request was approved and It is our privilege and honor to unveil a … They drove ahead, remembering General Hays’s injunction, “always forward,” while leaving a trail of dead and wounded comrades. Killed my first Jerry on the ridge (Division objective). Dug in fast. As the 10th fought forward it … 88’s pounded us terribly. italy battle of mount belvedere map operazione riva ridge 1945 Nell’autunno del ’44 il fronte della II guerra mondiale in Italia arrivò sulle montagne emiliane, ove i tedeschi in ritirata, avevano approntato la Linea Verde II (arretramento della Gotica) che gli americani chiamarono Winter Line (linea d’inverno). With the capture of Mounts Belvedere and Gorgolesco on February 19-20 and their successful defense against counterattack, the first phase of Operation Encore was achieved. “The recent successes of the Fifth Army in the area around and including Mount Belvedere, west of the Bologna-Pistoia road, were achieved by the American Tenth Mountain Division,” the. From that point, the regiment’s motto would be “Always Forward,” or, The fiercest fighting on the first day of the assault took place just below the summits of Belvedere and Gorgolesco, the former the objective of the 85th’s 3rd Battalion. Sergeant Evans and his squad, mixed with men from other plat, oons, found themselves just downhill of the final German stronghold on Gorgolesco’s summit. Bodies lie on Belvedere’s slopes at sunset on the first day of attack. But to take the ridge, his men would need to scale those cliffs. By the end of 1942, the ski troops, now expanded to two regiments, had their own newly constructed training camp, Camp Hale, high in the Colorado Rockies. (The Denver Public Library, TMD-351-2018-210). We had been keyed to this high pitch in all our training. Lieutenant General Lucien K. Truscott, commander of the U.S. Fifth Army in Italy, ordered General Hays to deploy the 10th Mountain Division in the valley and hilltop villages below Mount Belvedere and to begin planning an attack—to be known as Operation Encore—for late February 1945. Total German casualties are unknown, but over 400 were taken prisoner. G. Gordon Liddy, chief operative for the "White House Plumbers" (July-September 1971) during Richard Nixon's administration, he organized and oversaw the Watergate burglaries of the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Nevertheless, I’m glad to see them.” Spotters on Riva Ridge called in barrages from field artillery on German counterattackers. Initially known as the 10th Light Division (Pack Alpine), the unit acquired the simpler designation of 10th Mountain Division in November 1944, when they were temporarily based at Camp Swift in east Texas. Apennines, connecting the region around Florence to the south—which had been held by the Allies since the previous fall—to Bologna in the north, in the northern third of Italy still controlled by the Germans. The fighting in February broke their spirit. By 9 p.m. of the 20th, they were dug in on a forested ridge short of the summit. Geography dictated that European armies needed to take alpine fighting seriously since so many national borders ran along the crest of mountains. The summits of Belvedere and Gorgolesco remained vulnerable to German counterattacks. They reached Italy fit and proud. I’d always wondered how I’d feel shooting a man & I found out quick enough. HUGH W. EVANS, a sergeant in C Company of the 85th, published one of the first accounts of the battle for Mount Belvedere by a participant. En route, the battalion began taking casualties from mines. Ce site internet est le premier entièrement dédié à la bataille du Belvédère et aux combats qui eurent lieu en Italie, à proximité du Monte Cassino, du 25 janvier 1944 au 4 février 1944. “The war was over for me,” he later recalled, “and I had survived.”, The fiercest fighting on the first day of the assault took place just below the summits of Belvedere and Gorgolesco, the former the objective of the 85th’s 3rd Battalion. He left a tersely dramatic narrative in his war diary of the night and days that followed: Dug in on crest of ridge with [Turman] Oldman. Stealth and surprise had contributed significantly to the capture of Riva Ridge; the attack on Belvedere would enjoy neither. Allied commanders had expected the battle for Riva Ridge and Mount Belvedere to last at least two weeks.