Roma

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  1. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    It was 71 years to-day that I was in my Churchill Tank at a place called Agnani about 20 miles SE of Roma - wondering if the

    Americans would really shoot at us if we tried to enter the Eternal City - they didn't and so after handing over to the 6th South African

    Armoured Division - we went off for a rest in the Alban Hills - entering Rome a few days later to assist at Mass in St Peter's…. a

    fantastic day meeting Pope Pius Xii….(see "an Audience with the Pope " -below in BBC series )

    Cheers
     
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  2. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    I hope you enjoyed your few days' rest Tom. Did you really think that the Yanks would shoot you?

    Vitellino
     
  3. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Tom, my father's mementos from his Audience, perhaps even the same day:

    Pope 1944.jpg
     
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  4. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Vitalino
    The American said they would shoot anyone who entered Rome without their permission - they were serious and were sorted out by Alexander as they

    had missed their chance at Naples when the British X corps captured the City- and they blew it again at Florence….

    Cheers
     
  5. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

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