We propose you a Premiere of the great work done so far for the production of the Mountain Men Miniseries. The original music is by Alessandro Moro. A big thank you to the actors, reenactors, direction and production. An ambitious project of the Museum which now sees the turning point of the shooting. The next and challenging last two sets will be set up towards the winter.
The Mountain Men miniseries began shooting on 12 and 13 March. A project by Luciano La Valle, produced by the Il Trebbo Association and the Museum, with the support of the 10th Mountain Division Foundation and 10th Mountain Division Descendants. Thanks also to the Unione dei Comuni dell'Appennino Bolognese and to the Municipalities of Lizzano in Belvedere, Montese, Castel d'Aiano, Gaggio Montano, San Marcello Pistoiese and Prunetta's Pro Loco.
Seen through the eyes of a group of soldiers from Company G of the 85th Regiment of the US 10th Mountain Division, the story begins with the Division’s arrival in Italy in January 1945 until the end of the war.
Based entirely on real events and documented through the memories of still living veterans, this miniseries narrates the important battles that led to the breaking of the German front in the central sector of the Gothic Line, in the upper Apennines between the provinces of Bologna, Modena, and Pistoia, signalling the end of the Second World War in Italy.
By Davide Mori and Giovanni Sulla in collaboration with Andrea and Giuliano Gandolfi, Curators of the Museum System of Iola di Montese.
Second 2022 extended edition of the book with photographs of places and people compared between 1945 and nowadays, along the advance of the U.S. 10th Mountain Division’s soldiers in Italy. This edition has been extended with 12 new pages of unpublished photographs of places of yesterday and nowadays.
1945. Photos and memories of U.S. 10th Mountain Division
By Andrea and Giuliano Gandolfi
The third edition of the book Gothic Line Bloody Red, published in Montese (Modena) in July 2022 by the publisher Il Trebbo, has been expanded to 216 pages. adding a further chapter of letters sent by a soldier to his wife in America in which the fears, anxieties and uncertainty of the future are perceived. The book also includes a chapter with photographs and related geotags of the main monuments and plaque dedicated to the 10th Mountain Division and, in particular, to some of its soldiers.
The spirit of this book, the first edition was published in 2016 ten years after the previous publication In My Father’s Foxholes and Footsteps, is focusing on the memories and photos by Cruz Rios, Company K, 87th Regiment, US 10th Mountain Division in 1943/1945, follows the same motivations.
Gothic Line Bloody Red takes life from another collection of color photographs which crossed the atlantic Ocean thanks to Stephanie, wife of William Ferguson in force, in 1945, to the medical detachment of 2nd Battalion, 86th Regiment which allowed us to use them for this book, and Val Rios.
“Life must be understood backwards; but it must be lived forward.”
“We can only be free when everyone is.”
The Second World War has produced an infinite number of books, black and white films, images and documentaries. The heroic moments of those who survived, those dying and of those who died are catalogued by war correspondents, whose work was to astonish through their photographs.
Cold images of how war is.