Nov. 17, 1943

 The Sangro River November 1943: An Indian soldier pushing his vehicle which is bogged down in deep mud in the Sangro area. © IWM (NA 8925)


The Sangro River November 1943: An Indian soldier pushing his vehicle which is bogged down in deep mud in the Sangro area.
© IWM (NA 8925)

Rained all night, and it is still raining this morning. Everything is a sea of mud. The hills are covered in snow. Very pretty to look at and very miserable to live in. The trucks are being hauled out by Tanks. The Tanks are loading on transports. At 6:30 p.m. the Tanks will leave. At 10:30 we will leave. It will be  a long cold trip, but we should arrive in Termoli tomorrow, but how far beyond that our harbour is – we don’t know. It is supposed to be very muddy and wet there. We fall in with Jeep and one ambulance and one D.R. (dispatch rider) at 6:30 behind the tanks on transporters. They had great difficulty climbing the first hill, so that it was eleven thirty before we actually pulled out. The reset of the section and the RMO (regimental medical officer) were in the rear of soft vehicles. We travelled sixty five miles north east through Campobasso until we came to the Adriatic Coast at Termoli – we are now in harbour about 1 mile inland, the 14th (14th Canadian Army Tank Regiment) are about six miles.

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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

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