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  1. I am looking for more information about the 169th Engineer Combat Battalion. The shield of this Battalion have the fleur-de-lis. The fleur-de-lis flowered was suggested by the coat of arms of Florence, Italy, where the battalion was activated after being reconstituted in 1944. I searched the forums here and the internet. I only came up with this here: <a href="http://www.wood.army.mil/wood_cms/usaes/2245.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.wood.army.mil/wood_cms/usaes/2245.shtml</a> and obviously on the "CORPS OF ENGINEERS: THE WAR AGAINST GERMANY" at page 218 where is stated: “… the 1338th Engineer Combat Group's 169th Engineer Combat Battalion was to build the II Corps bridge and the 1108th Engineer Combat Group's 235th Engineer Combat Battalion, the IV Corps bridge. During March and April the 169th Engineer Combat Battalion sent several of its men to the British Floating Bailey Bridge School at Capua, and in April the entire battalion moved to a site on the Arno west of Pisa for training in building the bridges. The 235th Combat Battalion got only a few days of training — and even that for only part of the battalion.” An Archive search resulted in some pictures of vehicles of the 169th in the Po river area (April 1945). We found the name of a member of the 169th: PFC Lewis H. Johnson born in 1921. This name was published on the web in a www.geocities.com web page now unreachable. Does anybody have more information? Any help will be appreciated. The picture shows the freshly restored Wyllis of 169th Engineer Combat Battalion crossing the Medici's Bridge in Pontassieve near Florence. I found some news about: 337th Engineers was a general service engineer regiment, not combat engineers. The regiment was disbanded in Italy in September 1944. Personnel were reassigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 1338th Engineer (Combat) Group and used to form 169th and 182d Engineer (Combat) Battalions. 337th Engineers was likewise entitled to campaign credits for Tunisia, Naples-Foggia and Rome-Arno. There was also a 337th Engineer (Combat) Battalion (formerly 337th Antiaircraft Artillery [searchlight] Battalion which served in Italy and was transferred to the Philippines shortly after the war ended in Europe. This unit received credit for the North Apennines and Po Valley Campaigns (337th Antiaircraft Artillery [searchlight] Battalion was credited with participation in the Rome-Arno Campaign). Does anybody have more information? Any help will be appreciated. Regards, Andrea Gatti
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    169th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Thanks to the contribution coming from Roger L. Knight, a 1LT with the 169th Engineer Battalion (Construction) in Vietnam and Sean Michael Griffing, grandson of John Francis Griffing member of the 337th Engineer General Service Regiment and then of the 169th Engineer Combat Battalion I was able to add something new, New map, new photos, on the webpage dedicated to the 337th Engineer General Service Regiment. In the meantime we have redesigned our website also, as you can see, it is a work in progress.
  3. If you are interested in WW2 History of Italian Campaign you can’t miss the Centre of Documentation and Historical Research of Gotica Toscana npa! The Centre hosts a permanent exhibition about the Gothic Line and the Altuzzo Battle and a temporary one presenting WW2 uniforms, equipments and original footage. The actual temporary exhibition, available until march 2013, is dedicated to the EL Alamein Battle (North Africa). The Centre is the HQ of Gotica Toscana npa and the MVPA representative in Italy If you want you can also ask a guide either for the support to the exhibition or on demand to visit the battlefield. Check the Centre's website and that of the North Apennines Po Valley Park we belong to. The North Apennines - Po Valley Park (NAPV) is a WWII theme park created to preserve the memory of an often forgotten phase of that conflict: the Italian campaign after the liberation of Rome. Join us every weekend and take your time. FoldMuseum-CDRS_GTonlus-rev03.pdf
  4. On kickstarter page I have posted some answer to the FAQs: Why is this point in history important? Who were the people involved? What makes it different from other battles? What kind of association is Gotica Toscana npa? How the Museum is organized? What is the "North Apennines Po Valley Park"?
  5. The Community of Scarperia and San Piero and the Gothic Line museum are on Kickstarter with a crowdfunding project The Community of Scarperia and San Piero starts a project of crowdfunding on the kickstarter's platform to find funds for the renovation of the building that houses the Museum and Documentation Center and historical research" of Gotica Toscana npa. The building needs some structural works; the aim is to adapt the building to the new earthquake proof standards and, in the meantime, rearrange the external area. In such way, the external area can accommodate some historical elements that cannot be exposed inside. The fundraising campaign will remain open until 12 February 2018; the information about how to contribute are available on the kickstarter's platform by clicking the link below. Visit the page of the Gothic Line Museum Kikcstarter The description of the project is available both in English and in Italian, just scroll down the page.
  6. Giogo Pass - September 20th 1944 A short movie about the diorama is available on youtube
  7. Giogo Pass - September 20th 1944 - A new diorama is in shows since December 17th 2016 at the Documentation Centre of Gotica Toscana, more pictures are shown on the website, in Ponzalla in the town of Scarperia. Giogo Pass - September 20th 1944 - Two days before, the men of the 85a division have managed to break through the Gothic Line and take the top of Monte Altuzzo together with men of 91a that have faced the Germans in Monticelli. The road of the Giogo pass, HW6524 as identified by the Allies, is free and from the top, one sees the buttresses north of Firenzuola where the German troops are now waiting. The men of the 85a Infantry Division and 91a Infantry Division can sit in front of the old house of the Gogo pass, leaving free the HW6524 that passes to the side of the hill that dominates the pitch. The image is taken from the crest on the left just arrived in front of the house. The caption mentions "Collection Point to the house partially demolished on Monte Altuzzo". In the picture there are ninety men and twenty vehicles between trucks, jepp, trailers and accessories. The diorama, which reproduces the scene of the picture taken the 20 September 1944, is an idea and of Ferdinando Ulivit hat took care of the project, together with Luca Faini, and produced vehicles, soldiers, base stand and everything that serves for the diorama. Piero Falugiani is designer and the builder of the house of the Giogo, Luca Faini and Roberto Metelli cooperated for placement of the details and set-up of the base stand. The construction required seven months of work, some reconnaissance on the battlefield and a meticulous analysis of the original pictures.
  8. Inauguration of new WWII shows last June 18th 2016 of the Documentation Centre of Gotica Toscana in Ponzalla in the town of Scarperia with "La Gotica in vetrina"
  9. The Convoy of Liberation (now a trademarked name) is a living museum on wheels travelling along the roads of the Italian Campaign, and all who take part in it live a unique experience. The edition of 2016, held from the 23rd to the 25th of April, touched the area between Treviso and Padua and was hosted by the 51st Fighter Wing at the Istrana Aiir base and in Padua hosted in the “O. Salome” Barracks in Padua, seat of COMFODI-NORD. More than 150 WW2 vehicles and 440 reenactors participated to the event. http://www.goticatoscana.eu/EN/Events/The_Column_2016/column_2016.html More photos are on the FB pages of Gotica Toscana npa. We will not forget the values which are its deep inspirational motivations - peace, democracy, family, and opportunity for earning a fair pay through hard work. Values which underline our passion for historical vehicles, their restoration and preservation for future generations.
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    169th Engineer Combat Battalion

    I found a new photo where the 169th Engineer Combat Battalion is present, it is on the webpage dedicated to the 337th Engineer General Service Regiment. The 169th ECB road signs and Merry Christmas on Highway 65 near the Futa Pass - Winter 1944 - the road signs say HQ, C Co. and B Co. Photo from WW2 RADIO
  11. I just discovered it, do you mind where the video was taken from? Thanks Vee
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    Military Railway Service

    Starting from an old italian locomotive, I found something more! This is the story of the Whitcomb Locomotives Ne 120 and the Military Railway Service: The Whitcomb Locomotives Ne 120 and the Military Railway Service Last but not least Merry Christmas and happy new year
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    Military Railway Service

    Available on the web site the transcript of "American "Rails" in eight countries". The story of the Military Railway Service http://www.goticatoscana.eu/EN/Italy_at_war/StoryOfMRS/StoryOf1stMRS.html Update added the the names of the recipients of the 1st MRS Certificate of Merit as of January 1st, 1945 and the description of the Certificate of Merit. all the best
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    316th Engineer Combat Battalion

    News from the Forgotten front: The story of 316th Engineer Combat Battalion can be found here: 316th Engineer Combat Battalion The texts and photos are taken from “Engineer History - Mediterranean Theater - Fifth Army” This is a collection of information coming from different sources, my task was to reorganize them in a readable shape and make it available. Comments and contribution are welcome Andrea
  15. New URL 34th Infantry Division - The Red Bull Attacks
  16. The video have a new url: U.S. 6th Corps - The Big Picture
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    169th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Thanks Marion, Correction done, and the mention cannot be avoided :-).
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    History of the 337th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Hi Steve0104 , I found in Fold3 the following pictures about the U.S Military cemetery in Pietramala: http://www.fold3.com/image/48720693/ http://www.fold3.com/image/48720695/ The position you indicated is correct.
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    169th Engineer Combat Battalion

    169th Update - The update is about the story of the 337th Engineer General Service Regiment and the 1338th Engineer Combat Group and the several battalions of them. The activities of the various battalions forming the 1338th are linked with the story of the 8th EVAC in Pietramala and the 56th EVAC in Scarperia. The following is the link to the document: The story of the 1338th Engineer Combat Group and the 337th Engineer General Service Regiment
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    History of the 337th Engineer Combat Battalion

    I posted an update on the topic dedicated to the 169th Engineer Combat Battalion, but the update is about the story of the 337th Engineer General Service Regiment and the 1338th Engineer Combat Group. The activities of the various battalions forming the 1338th are linked with the story of the 8th EVAC in Pietramala and the 56th Evac in Scarperia. The following is the link to the document: The story of the 1338th Engineer Combat Group and the 337th Engineer General Service Regiment Marion, please feels free to move this post in the right place.
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    169th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Rebuilt from "Engineer History - Mediterranean Theater - Fifth Army": =============================== The 169th Engineer Combat Battalion was activated the 16th of September 1944 in Florence. It was formed by the personnel of the 1st Battalion of the 337th Engineer General Service Regiment. From 16th Of September 1944 the organization of the disbanded 337th became the following: 1338th Engineer Combat Group (337th Engineer General Service Regiment) 169th Engineer Combat Battalion (it was the 1st Btn of 337th) 182nd Engineer Combat Battalion (it was the 2nd Btn of 337th) 185th Engineer Combat Battalion (it was the Battery “A”, 213th Coast Artillery Regiment Anti-Aircraft) ================================
  22. A new temporary esxibition is running now until September 2015 on the Liberation of Florence. http://www.goticatoscana.eu/EN/index.html From "Army news" of the 23rd August 1944: "LIBERATION OF FLORENCE COMPLETE NAPLES, Tuesday.-Men of the 8th Army have completed the liberation of Florence. The city is now firmly in Allied hands. Patrols have pushed beyond the city." Army News was published in Darwin, Australia
  23. The event ruled from the 25th (Italian Liberation Day) to the 28th of April 2013. Starting from Verona, the convoy followed the Adige River until Riva del Garda and back to Verona along the East side of the Garda Lake in touching Torbole, Malcesine, Costermano and Perschiera del Garda. We was in Verona in 2011 and as a rule, the Column does not revisit past locations so soon, but we have determined to make an exception this year, as a tribute to the wonderful people of Verona, putting together the event as an ideal continuation of the 2011 edition. Our initial intention became even more firm when a few new developments took place, as if reality wanted to point out to us what had to be done: the submerged wreck of a 10th Mountain Division DUCKW sunk in Lake Garda at the end of April, 1945, drowning many of the unfortunates onboard, was located by researchers after several failed attempts in the past; and, the mortal remains of several presumed victims of an air bombing raid were found in Verona during renovations works at the Porta Nuova railway station, which caused us to be summoned by legal authorities to help with the recovery and cataloguing of evidence found on site. The Column of Liberation 2013 was under the aegis of the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic. Some figures: 153 vehicles and 450 reenactors participated to the event. Pictures: the DUCKW float again on the Garda lake, Shermans and Helcat in Piazza Bra in Verona, the road next to the Garda Lake.
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