The Column of Liberation from Our International Friends

Often the Italian Campaign is associated with the idea of a secondary front.  But it was a primary front in the European Theater for an extended period during World War II.  The Allies fought step by step along the Peninsula from Sicily to the Alps, suffering heavy losses as did the Axis forces.  Beginning with the invasion of Sicily in July 1943, the Italian Campaign ended in April 1945.  Public attention to the Italian front likely peaked with the liberation of Rome (June 4, 1944), soon eclipsed by the magnitude of D-Day in Normandy (June 6, 1944).  Despite that, from late-1944 through the winter of 1945 thousand soldiers from both sides were deployed at the Gothic Line, the last German fortified defense line built in the Apennines Mountains.  During the first days of April 1945, the Allies finally managed to clear the Gothic Line and push through the Po Valley for the last effort to reach northern Italy.  The most frequent images of those days depict columns of liberators marching northbound with the population welcoming Allied soldiers during a Spring of New Hope.

This video is the 2012 convoy between Bologna and Cervia, located on the Adriatic coast.  It is part of an annual event officially celebrated in Italy on April 25 to commemorate the days of liberation.  You can also visit their website at http://www.goticatoscana.eu/

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