Dec. 4–5, 1943: Sangro River

The Sangro River November 1943: Sherman tanks of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry near Torino di Sangro prepare to move up to the River Sangro. In the foreground is a pile of 4.5 inch shells waiting to be used in the artillery barrage in support of the assault. © IWM (NA 8906)

The Sangro River November 1943: Sherman tanks of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry near Torino di Sangro prepare to move up to the River Sangro. In the foreground is a pile of 4.5 inch shells waiting to be used in the artillery barrage in support of the assault.
© IWM (NA 8906)

Dec. 4 – San Vito and Lanciano have both fallen – heavy artillery is pouring across the Sangro River in preparation for the attack on the line running from Ortona on the Adriatic to Guardiagrele. I expect after that is taken, we attack in the Chieti Pescara line – thus cutting the main lateral road to Rome.

Dec. 5 – The Sangro has flooded, washing all the bridges out – supplies are coming over in Ducks. The 14th are in action in front of Friso – helping to put the infantry over the Moro River. Inoculated “C” Squadron today. Move today at 1 p.m. – seven miles, which really took us ahead two and one half miles north. We are now about one mile north of Lanciano. Two air raids today. Fairly close, but no damage done. We have a good harbour in another olive grove and are very comfortable.

The Sangro River in Flood. Bailey Bridge Washed Away.  November 1943 (Imperial War Museum, London)

The Sangro River in Flood. Bailey Bridge Washed Away.
November 1943
(Imperial War Museum, London – source

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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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