I have been loosely following the 34th Division and my father during World War II. They landed in Algeria and fought Rommel in Tunisia. Then all the way up the Italian Peninsula. The maps below show their route. We arrived in Civitavecchia and travelled north to La Spesia. Tomorrow we head north to Como.
From Clif Hullinger's blog https://hullingerwwii.blogspot.com/
Some of them were battle fatigued enough so they should have been sent back. As soon as a shell came in they scattered like a covey of quail so Headquarters stopped that practice. We had been a very good division when we came to Italy but were never very good after Cassino. But after a winter of not much fighting, and with the weather warming up, things started looking up again. I was promoted to 1st Lt. which was fairly automatic at this time.
The European front started to collapse in the spring and by the time we jumped off in May, the Germans didn't have much left and we broke into the Po valley and it was a rat race from then on. We first swung left up to block any Germans in the mountains west of Bologna, and then made another loop across the Po to trap the Germans who had been on the France/Italian border west of Milan. The whole division was on the road with our lights on as we moved west towards Milan when we met a convoy of Germans in trucks driving in blackout. They were full of soldiers heading for the Brenner Pass. There were no guards or anything and we never knew if they had already surrendered or not. If not, meeting a full division with lights on coming from what was your supply line and homeland, would be a real morale buster.
Thanks for the copies of the maps from, with a nice history of Private Ricardo de Lama and the 34th in Italy.