Saturday, February 1, 2014




U.S. Rangers suffer devastating losses at Cisterna

Allied landing craft burning fiercely off Anzio after being hit by German bombers.” Anzio, Italy. 1 February 1944

Although I was unaware of the Major’s location forward of mine in the Pontano Ditch, the shell exploded quite near and with the explosion, I sprang running to the left right through an enemy bivouac (no tents, just men lying under blankets), astonished at Germans rising all around, running away with hands in the air, crying “Kamarad!”, as I ran through them, shooting from the hip.