Italy 2019 photos

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  1. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Just going through some photos my trip to Italy in August/September - thought I'd share a few that relate to WW2 (and some WW1 too)
     
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  2. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Rome -

    A War Memorial just outside the Vatican City

    ROME MEMORIAL.JPG

    Stolperstein
    ROME STOLPERSTEIN 2.JPG ROME STOLPERSTEIN.JPG
     
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  3. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Assis Cemetery

    ASSISI CWGC.JPG
     
  4. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Bergamo, 3 War Memorials in the city

    BERGAMO MEMORIAL 1.JPG BERGAMO MEMORIAL 2.JPG BERGAMO MEMORIAL 3.JPG

    A proclamation stuck to a door, I only get as far as Kesselring and 1944

    BERGAMO PROCLAMATION.JPG
     
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  5. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Florence War Cemetery

    FLORENCE CWGC.JPG

    Memorial to Lt Snell of the Scots Guards

    FLORENCE HUGH SNELL MEMORIAL.JPG

    A memorial to civilians, I believe taken as internees
    FLORENCE INTERNEES.JPG
     
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  6. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Parma - street named for WW1 Armistice and WW2 Liberation

    PARMA 11 NOVEMBER STREET.JPG PARMA 25 APRIL STREET.JPG

    Filippo Corridoni memorial

    PARMA FILIPPO CORRIDONI MEMORIAL.JPG

    WW1 memorial

    PARMA MEMORIAL (2).JPG

    I believe a memorial to all those who fell in conflict

    PARMA MEMORIAL.JPG

    Italian Partisan memorial
    PARMA PARTISAN MEMORIAL.JPG

    WW1 memorial
    PARMA WW1 MEMORIAL.JPG

    Memorial to those who were killed by the Nazis

    PARMESAN RESISTANCE MEMORIAL 2.JPG
     
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  7. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Perugia - a memorial to the 500 taken to Concentration Camps

    PERUGIA CONCENTRATION CAMP MEMORIAL.JPG

    A memorial to victims of Fascism

    PERUGIA FASCIST VICTIMS.JPG
     
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  8. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Cassino - I have lots from Cassino so will split over a couple of posts

    1/4th Essex memorial on Castle Hill

    CASSINO 1 4TH ESSEX MEMORIAL.JPG

    3rd Carpathian Division memorial
    CASSINO 3RD CARPATHIAN DIV MEMORIAL.JPG

    5th Kresowa Division memorial

    CASSINO 5TH KRESOWA DIV MEMORIAL.JPG

    34th US Division Memorial
    CASSINO 34 DIV MEMORIAL.JPG

    Albaneta Farm
    CASSINO ALBANETA FARM.JPG

    Remains of ammunition boxes - look like they have been used for a barbecue
    CASSINO AMMO BOXES.JPG

    General Anders grave
    CASSINO ANDERS GRAVE.JPG

    General Anders memorial

    CASSINO ANDERS MEMORIAL.JPG

    Memorial Sherman
    CASSINO BATTLE MEMORIAL.JPG

    Castle Hill
    CASSINO CASTLE HILL.JPG

    Cassino War Cemetery
    CASSINO CWGC.JPG

    Enrico Toti memorial

    CASSINO ENRICO TOTI MEMORIAL.JPG

    German Cemetery
    CASSINO GERMAN CEMETERY.JPG
     
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  9. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    The first few memorials I believe relate to the bombardment and damage to the town and those killed

    CASSINO BOMBING MEMORIAL 2.JPG CASSINO BOMBING MEMORIAL 3.JPG CASSINO BOMBING MEMORIAL 4.JPG CASSINO BOMBING MEMORIAL.JPG CASSINO MEMORIAL.JPG

    Sherman of 4th Polish Armoured Regiment - the Sherman stands where it was knocked out with the loss of the whole crew
    CASSINO POLISH 4TH ARMOURED REGIMENT MEMORIAL.JPG

    The Polish Cemetery
    CASSINO POLISH CEMETERY.JPG

    A farmhouse on Snakeshead ridge, I believe this was a dressing station
    CASSINO POLISH DRESSING STATION.JPG

    A shell I almost tripped over just next to the Carpathian memorial
    CASSINO SHELL.JPG

    Some shrapnel that was lying on the main path up
    CASSINO SHRAPNEL.JPG
     
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  10. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I hope these are of some interest, some of the bits I was planning visiting but most were just random things I found wandering which I find makes them more interesting, there is so much to see if you keep your eyes open
     
  11. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    The first photo in Perugia refers to members of he Italian armed forces captured by the Germans afer the armistice of 8 September 1943 and sent to Germany or German occupied territories to internment camps and/or work camps. They were not regarded as prisoners of war and had no rights under the Geneva Convention. Some did return home, including the father of a friend of mine.
    A memorial to victims of Fascism
     
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  12. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Thanks for that, I was quickly trying some translations on google as I posted the thread, I should have checked more thoroughly
     
  13. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Private message me with anything you need translatiing.
     
  14. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Don't quote me on this, but i think its known has the Doctor's house? Your photo of A farmhouse on Snakeshead ridge! You have done rather well to get up-to the top of point 593 on your own of which is a ( hell of a walk.) How did you get past the gates that has a padlock at the side of The Polish Cemetery? Thanks for sharing these photos.

    I hope you don't mind, but i would also like to add some photos? It would take some time to resize them.

    Well done yourself.

    Regards,
    Stu.
     
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  15. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I thought it may be the Doctors House but wasn't 100%, I've checked and it seems to be - when I was there a couple of years ago the owner came out and said hello thinking I was Polish, I was just happy to get some water from him as that trip was mid summer and I was shattered (I prepared with provisions a bit better this time). The gate is padlocked but the fence is open to the side to walk through and head further up into the hills - the loop from the abbey up to Point 593, the Doctors House, down to the Sherman, up to Hill 575 and back to the abbey via Albaneta Farm is quite a trek on its own plus the walk up and down from the town to the abbey makes it a hard day, but I find it a lovely place to walk and sitting on 593 and 575 resting, pondering and taking in the views is amazing.

    If you have photos that add to the thread please do

    Alistair
     
  16. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    Alistair.

    It is indeed The Doctor’s House. It was given this name by the Poles because it was the Regimental Aid Post (RAP) for the most forward battalion below Point 593.

    The RAP was where the battalion’s only doctor worked from. His role was to decide who was well enough to survive the journey to the Advanced Dressing Station (ADS) at the bottom of the Cavendish Road just outside Cairo. The RAP did not conduct any surgery - that was done at the ADS.

    Regards

    Frank
     
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  17. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Alistair, i take my hat off to you

    for walking up from the town. I would say its a good 10 mins on a coach. May be more?I've not seen some of the memorials before. Not surprised you was goosed. A Good days work..

    Thanks again. I will get busy with resizing a
    few.
    Regards,
    Stu.
     

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