(49) March 3, 1945. Tank destroyer advances along a mountain road, Italy
Three soldiers of the 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion advance a tank destroyer mounted with three inch guns along a mountain road located, according to the caption, in the Mount Terminale area. The 701st was attached to the Tenth Mountain Division during the Italian Campaign. In the background are shelled buildings, a partially completed Bailey bridge, with five soldiers standing on it, as well as (according to the caption) a Sherman tank out of action.
(50) 1945 March 3. View of Montese, Italy
View of Montese, Italy, which was held by the Germans, taken from Della Vedetta on March 3, 1945, the day of the attack. The Tenth Mountain Division held Della Vedetta and Montese was one of their objectives.
(51) 1945 March 3. Vedetta, Italy, three members of Co. K, 87th Mountain Inf., 10th Mountain Div. cover house in background
Members of Company K of the 87th Mountain Infantry crouch behind a tree on the slopes of Monte della Vedetta in Bologna Province, Italy. One of the men covers a distant house with his Browning automatic rifle. Captured German soldiers are near the house. The area has trees damaged by gunfire and holes created by heavy artillery.
(52) 1945 March 13. Apennine Mts., Italy enemy terrain from Riva Ridge, Castel D'Aiano to Vergato, IV Corps sector
Aerial view of the Apennine Mountains, the Reno River and Reno Valley, and the towns of Castel d'Aiano and Vergato in Bologna Province, Italy.
(53) 1945 March 13. Apennine Mountains, Italy
Photograph of three photographs taped together to show a panoramic view of the Apennine Mountains in Bologna Province, Italy. Shows Monte della Spe and the cliffs of Roca di Roffeno.
(54) [1945 March] HQ-2-85 Command Post at Gaggio Montano during battle for Della Torraccia
Members of the 10th Mountain Division 2nd Battalion 85th Regiment stand near a stock of ammunition at Gaggio Montano, Italy during the Italian Campaign of World War II. Jeeps with trailers are nearby.
(55) March 1945. Showers behind the front
During a lull in the fighting, the Tenth Mountain Division's 85th Regiment, second battalion, established this shower bath in a shell-torn building as part of a larger rest center close to the front lines. Shows naked men showering, their clothes hanging on pegs, and men above manning the water tanks. One reads a book; sign reads: "Open for Business."
(56) March 1945. Soldier and mountain
Tenth Mountain Division soldier stands with his rifle and looks across snowy farm fields toward snow covered Italian mountains. Trees around him are leafy and snow partly covers the ground behind him.
(57) March 1945. Ground Observation Point, Air Corps, Rover Joe
U.S. Air corps and other allied pilots provided bombing and strafing support for the Tenth Mountain Division on Mt. Belvedere, Italy, under the code name: Rover Joe. Shown facing camera in the observation point are Lt. Robert Egner, of the South African Air Force; Major Edward Gaber, of the U.S. Army Air Corps; Pilot Officer Law Liversidge, of the Royal Air Force; and Captain W. Badenhorst, of the South African Air Force.
(58) March 1945. Inside Rover Joe's observation point
Shows four soldiers facing away from the camera in observation point that controlled air support for the Tenth Mountain Division on Mt. Belvedere, Italy, under the code name: Rover Joe. The location is a hole in the ground overlooking a valley, a leafy tree and some bushes provide some cover; mountain in background.
(59) March 1945. Sanctuary
The caption that ran in the Tenth Mountain Division newspaper reads: While shells shattered this church on the Mountaineers' front, the two shrines to the Virgin pictured here remained intact, one of them even retaining its glass front unbroken.
(60) March 1945. Shelled church, Pietra Colora
View of the shelled church at Pietra Colora, which was captured by the Tenth Mountain Division early in March, 1945.
(61) March 1945. Italian farm, site of battle
Division's newspaper each week.; Shows a farm and a cornfield which had briefly been a battleground during the fight for the mountains, Pizzo di Campiano, Belvedere and Torraccia. The farm consists of two haystacks, a small stone building, a larger complex of stone buildings, and a snow covered field in the foreground. Behind the farm is Monte Grande (behind the haystacks to the left) and covered in snow, La Nuda. This photograph was one of the pin- up mountains, which ran in the Tenth Mountain
(62) March 1945. View of Greglio, Vigo, and Mt. Vigese, Italy
Monte Vigese was a familiar landmark to the Tenth Mountain Division soldiers fighting across the way along the west side of the Reno River during March, 1945. Monte Vigese is to the left an unidentified peak is to the right. The towns are on the hillsides.
(63) [March] 1945. "Bailey Bridge" at Malandrone, Italy
The bridge at Malandrone was needed to support the Tenth Mountain Division's attack on March 3, 1945. To complete it many men died. The Germans shelled the draw continuously while the work was under way, and twice knocked it out. Once complete, the bridge was nicknamed the Bailey Bridge after one of the men who was killed building it.
(64) [March] 1945. "Pauvre Italia!" destroyed landscape
Landscape showing destruction caused by German artillery, Possibly where the Tenth Mountain Division, 87th Regiment, Company L was located on "Punchboard Hill" above Malandrone, Italy.
(65) March, 1945. "Punchboard Hill" and La Serra, Italy
View of an assembly area above Malandrone, which was named "Punchboard Hill" by Tenth Mountain Division troops because it suffered heavily from artillery barages. The village of La Serra was also shelled.
(66) March 1945. "Punchboard Hill" and the road to Abetaia, Italy
Small sector of "Punchboard Hill" site of a heavy German artillery barage. From here troops of the Tenth Mountain Division launched an attack on German positions in the towns of Monte Della Piella, Della Vedetta, and Pietra Colora. The road in the distance on the left leads to Abetaia.
(67) March 1945. "Residential District" Castel D'Aiano, Italy
View of the artillery damage to houses in Castel D'Aiano, Italy, the Tenth Mountain Division captured the town on March 5, 1945.
(68) March 1945. Bible amid the ruins of the church, Castel D'Aiano, Italy
Shows a Bible amid the ruins of the church at Castel D'Aiano, Italy. In the background other shattered buildings are visible. The Tenth Mountain Division captured the town on March 5, 1945.
(69) March 1945. "In reserve" in Pietra Colora, Italy
During the lull between March and April attacks, various battalions took turns being "in reserve" in Pietra Colora. Four Tenth Mountain Division soldiers are pictured sitting amid the rubble: Dick Car- Skaden, Ed McDonald, Dan Powers, Carl Bathelt. According to the photographer, activities included sitting in the sun cleaning weapons and equipment, writing letters, eating and "just plain loafing."
(70) [March] 1945. GIs using a German dugout
Four GIs use a German dugout for protection from artillery on "Punchboard Hill" during the Italian Campaign. They are members of the Tenth Mountain Division, 87th Regiment, Company I: George Breedlove, Ralph Massey, Sam Beauchesne, and unidentified.
(71) March 1945. Trees on "Punchboard Hill"
In the foreground is a tree located on "Puchboard Hill", which was battered by German artillery from March 1 to March 3, 1945, as were the Tenth Mountain Division troops of the 87th Regiment, 3rd Battalion who occupied positions there. In the distance is the town of La Serra, Italy.
(72) [March] 1945. Two GIs in a foxhole on "Punchboard Hill"
Two Tenth Mountain Division soldiers from the 87th Regiment, Company K: Jack Gallagher and Ralph Townsend look up at the camera from their foxhole on "Punchboard Hill" during the Italian Campaign.
(73) March 1945. View of Castel D'Aiano
View of Castel D'Aiano, Italy, was located at the juncture of two roads and had strategic importance during the Italian Campaign. It was captured by the Tenth Mountain Division on March 5, 1945. This view shows the artillery damage inflicted upon the town.
(74) March 1945. Church at Pietra Colora, Italy
View of the Church at Pietra Colora, Italy, and the artillery damage to it, taken from outside. A Tenth Mountain Division soldier stands in the road at the base of the church. The 10th captured the town on March 5, 1945.
(75) March 1945. Residential District, Castel D'Aiano
View of the residential district of Castel D'Aiano, Italy, which suffered heavy shelling from both the Germans and the Tenth Mountain Division. The town was located at an important road junction and was captured by the 10th on March 5, 1945.
(76) March 1945. Unidentified sergeant
Portrait of unidentified Tenth Mountain Division, 87th Regiment, Company I, sergeant taken in Pietra Colora, Italy. He looks directly into the camera, gives a partial smile, and wears a helmet with sergeant stripes and jacket. In the background are piles of rubble around buildings and broken trees.
(77) March 1945. Staff Sergeant John Welch
Portrait of Staff Sergeant John Welch, of the Tenth Mountain Division, 87th Regiment, Company K, taken at Pietra Colora. He was killed in action two days later. Welch looks directly into the camera; he is wearing a helmet and jacket. Behind him is a wooden door into a stone building.
(78) March 1945. View of Castel D'Aiano, Italy
View of Castel D'Aiano, Italy. The town was captured by the Tenth Mountain Division on March 5, 1945.
(79) March 1945. View of La Serra, on Punchboard Hill
View of La Serra, on Punchboard Hill, where the Tenth Mountain Division, 87th Regiment, Company K, was dug in under German artillery fire while they waited for the beginning of the March 3rd attack. Most of the white "spots" in the photograph are shell holes.
(80) March 1945. View of Pietra Colora, Italy
View of the town of Pietra Colora, the valley below and the surrounding mountains, all of which were captured by the Tenth Mountain Division in March 1945.
(81) March 1945. View of Pietra Colora, Italy
View of Pietra Colora, Italy, showing its situation on a ridge and part of the valley below. In the foreground of the photograph are a stone building and branches.
(82) March 1945. View of supply road between Gaggio Montano and Malandrone taken from Pietra Colora, Italy
View of the Tenth Mountain Division's approach and supply road during the March 3rd attack between Gaggio Montano, Abetaia, and Malandrone taken from Pietra Colora. Until the 10th captured Pietra Colora from the Germans, this road suffered heavy mortar and artillery barrages that prevented further advancement.
(83) 1945 Spring. PW's transport an injured comrade to the collection point guarded by 10th Mtn. soldiers
Members of the 10th Mountain Division guard a group of prisoners of war who carry an injured man on a stretcher in Italy during the Italian campaign in World War II. Another group of prisoners walk behind the stretcher.