1945. Photos and memories of U.S. 10th Mountain Division
By Andrea and Giuliano Gandolfi
The second edition of the book Gotica Rosso Sangue, published in Montese (Modena) in May 2018 by the publisher Il Trebbo, consists of 192 pages of which 82 are dedicated to color photographs, compared to 152 pages of which 76 are photographs, of the first edition.
The spirit of this book, 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.
As in the previous book this photographic heritage, set with memories of officers and a soldier of the 10th Mountain Division, could not go forgotten - or lost - because it is a testimony of a dark chapter but certainly the most important in the recent history of our country. More than in black and white, the numerous color photos pass on aspects of life and places so changed as to be unrecognizable or unknown to the younger generation.
Of this first and only “Alpini” Division of the American Army, framed in the V American Army and deployed in front of the German soldiers of the 232nd Infantry Division that defended the second line of defense of the Gothic Line on high ridges Apennines between the provinces of Bologna, Modena and Pistoia, has relatively little spoken in Italy and especially in a piecemeal way ignoring the overall picture; this is why the first chapter is devoted to the history, until 1945, of the 10th Mountain Division.
Compared to the first edition, the first chapter of Fred Wendorf's memoirs has been extended with additional original contributions and a fifth chapter of memories of the Commander of the 126th Engineer Mountain Battalion has been added. The book contains the memoirs of three Officers, a Non-Commissioned Officer and a Soldier of the 10th Mountain Division.
The last chapter is dedicated to the Iola di Montese' Museum: Memorie d’Italia 1939-1945. The collections of equipment, uniforms, weapons and objects used daily by soldiers of the opposing armies well reflect the weaknesses and strength of the respective technologies, logistics and industries of the belligerent nations.
Two rooms of the museum, recognized in partnership by the Association of 10th Mountain Division Descendant, are dedicated to the U.S. Army soldiers with emphasis on the specific equipment of the “Mountaineer”.
The book, whose texts are bilingual in Italian and English, consists of 192 pages of which 82 are dedicated to color photographs, 63 are unpublished, taken between May and August 1945.
Last but not least, the proceeds of this book will be a contribution to the construction of the new Museum Memorie d’Italia where will be transferred and housed, in a manner best suited, the collections of World War II.
The book, whose texts are both Italian and English, consists of 152 pages of which 76 are dedicated to the color photos, 59 are unpublished.
One chapter focuses onto the history of the 10th Mountain Division until November 1945, date of its inactivation.
Three new and modern satellite-based maps showing the path of the Division from the Gothic Line up to the border with Slovenia passing by Lake Garda.
Four chapters are dedicated to the memories of two officers, one NCO and a soldier of the 10th Mountain Division.
One chapter focuses onto the collection of unpublished color photographs taken between May and August of 1945.
A chapter contains photographs of the halls of the Iola di Montese museum, officially recognized by the 10th Mountain Division Descendant, Inc.
The last chapter of the appendices contains some in-depth articles, one by Blizzard of March 24, 1945.
Size: 29,7 x 21 (A4)
cover: hardcover plastified
sales price: 25 euro