Resistance movement in Umbria

Discussion in 'Italy' started by vitellino, May 13, 2015.

  1. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Hello everybody,

    Today I read in my local newspaper 'Corriere dell'Umbria' that (translated by me):

    'The role of the Resistance in Umbria wasn't marginal but contributed to the slowing down of the retreat of those Germans who otherwise would have reinforced the Gothic Line.'

    Has anyone read anything similiar in any text in either English or German, and what do the veterans think about this comment?

  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    Very odd statement - there was no noticeable retreat by the Germans until we captured Rimini - until then they just kept on
    coming and holding us on the Coriano Ridge for three weeks…someone trying to make themselves heroes no doubt…

  3. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    The hero idea came into my head too, Tom.

    Today I'm off to a conference to hear what German historian Lutz Klinkhammer has to say on the subject and will report back.

  4. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

    Well there was the big rush in early June that ended up at the Gothic Line? Most of Umbria south of Trasimeno does not seem to have been fought over very much?

    All the best

  5. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    German historian Lutz Klinkhammer, based at the German Historical Institute in Rome, who spoke at the conference I attended this afternoon on the theme 'The German War in Italy and the role of the Appenines', whom I hoped would make a reference to this comment, had absolutely nothing to say on the matter. Perhaps I should have stayed to hear the last speaker whose title was 'The Resistance in the northern Appenines - Umbria and Marche', but I couldn't imagine that being Italian he would have known more about the speed of the German retreat from the Trasimene and Arezzo lines to the Gothic Line than a German World War 2 expert.

  6. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Andreas / Vitellino

    We didn't look on the RUSH around Trasimeno as a "retreat" as such but as a repositioning and strengthening of

    defence lines - 5th US had enough trouble keeping up with them until Florence when 1st Cdn spent days throwing empty

    cigarette packages into the Arno to let Kesselring know that the next push would be by them into Florence - instead

    we did a 180 over to the Adriatic - by then he had moved his strongest Brigade over from the coast - then again over to

    the Coriano area where they kept us busy for three weeks unit we got Rimini - THEN they retreated… to the Cesena area


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