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    angatti got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 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.
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    angatti got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Museum in Italy - Gothic Line and Mt. Altuzzo battle   
    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"?
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    angatti reacted to Walt's Daughter in Museum in Italy - Gothic Line and Mt. Altuzzo battle   
    All the best. Good luck on this wonderful project!
     
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    angatti got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Museum in Italy - Gothic Line and Mt. Altuzzo battle   
    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.
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    angatti got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Museum in Italy - Gothic Line and Mt. Altuzzo battle   
    Giogo Pass - September 20th 1944
     
    A short movie about the diorama is available on youtube
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    angatti got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Museum in Italy - Gothic Line and Mt. Altuzzo battle   
    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.




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    angatti got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Museum in Italy - Gothic Line and Mt. Altuzzo battle   
    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.




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    angatti got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Museum in Italy - Gothic Line and Mt. Altuzzo battle   
    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"
     

     

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    angatti got a reaction from CaptO in Museum in Italy - Gothic Line and Mt. Altuzzo battle   
    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
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    angatti got a reaction from CaptO in Museum in Italy - Gothic Line and Mt. Altuzzo battle   
    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
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    angatti got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Museum in Italy - Gothic Line and Mt. Altuzzo battle   
    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"
     

     

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    angatti got a reaction from colinhotham in La Colonna della Libertà 2016 - The Convoy of Liberation 2016   
    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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    angatti got a reaction from colinhotham in La Colonna della Libertà 2016 - The Convoy of Liberation 2016   
    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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    angatti got a reaction from colinhotham in La Colonna della Libertà 2016 - The Convoy of Liberation 2016   
    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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    angatti got a reaction from buk2112 in 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
     

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    angatti got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 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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    angatti reacted to Walt's Daughter in Military Railway Service   
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too, Angatti!
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    angatti got a reaction from colinhotham in 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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    angatti reacted to colinhotham in Military Railway Service   
    I have travelled extensively in Sicily, including circumnavigating the island by rail except for the stretch from Trapani where no rail exists. This was during my years of research into Operation Husky and the progress of the US 7th Army, The British and Commonwealth 8th army and the Canadian 1st Division. So your post is of interest to me, thank you.
     
    Colin
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    angatti got a reaction from colinhotham in 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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    angatti got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 316th Engineer Combat Battalion   
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    angatti got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 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
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    angatti got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 169th Engineer Combat Battalion   
    Thanks Marion,
    Correction done, and the mention cannot be avoided :-).
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    angatti got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 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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