Wednesday, December 18, 2013




The 82nd Airborne in the Italian Hills

American artillery observers keep their field glasses glued on enemy fortifications being pounded by artillery shelling in valley near  San Pietro, Italy. 19 December 1943. (Signal Corps Photo)

An S mine, when activated, would bounce up about head high, explode, and send pellets about the size of marbles scattering in all directions. Several pellets had penetrated Scannell’s helmet, killing him instantly. I remember the date, 18 December 1943, and the place where he died, Hill 610, which we called the “pimple” because of its shape.