Monday, February 06, 2006

The Battle of Rimini

The article titled  The Italian Campaign: The Battle Of Rimini here and in the links on the right, is worthy of your attention inasmuch as it is the record of various conversations between F.M. Kesselring to his Army Commanders prior to and during the Battle which we call the "Gothic Line" and has been compilied by the Canadian Army Historical Dept. It shows how we by employing a subterfuge in "disppearing" both Canadian Divisions down to the Naples area to play around in boats to give the impression that we would attempt another "Anzio" near Genoa - the employment of the 1st Cdn Armoured Bde in the Florence area to confuse even further- and lastly to send the 21st Brit. Tank bde most of the way towards Sienna before doubling back to meet up with the 1st Inf Div at Fabriano and to start the battle from a small village of Jesi. meanwhile kesselring moved his main force to the coast - then back to the Florebce area while we moved over the Metauro almost unhindered and it took him four days to send the 26th PzDiv plus the 4th Para regt over to try to stem the tide. It is avery long account and starts around the 11th August whereas the main advance took place on 25th August '44.


Blogger Ronmac said...

Too bad the CMHQ for Aug/Sept 1944 are not online yet? Are there many accounts of the events of Sept 17, 1944? Does the Nicholson book (The Canadians in Italy) touch on it? What about the mark Zuelke books?

It would be nice to see the war diaries of the Royal 22nd Regiment for that date?

For that matter it would be nice to see all the war diaries of all the CDn regiments online. I have fond only one -the Loyal Eddies.

Thursday, 09 February, 2006  
Blogger Tomcann said...

Yes Ron,
it would be of great benefit... the Nicholson books does a fantastic job in explaining in great detail all the action of that period - even to the two troopers we lost on our return from Siena and on our way to Fabriano - the two are now buried at Gradara.Their Tank fell off the transporter at a sharp bend.
Mark Zeulke's effort is fairly good but comes across as having read some of the wrong diaries, as his description of our afternoon battle at San Martino comes up away short - which caused me the write the complete story for the BBc series. He claims that Mr Douse's (My Troop Leader) Tank was brewed up by a panzerfaust and the crew all killed - MR Douse was the only one to die and he fell over the gunner who could not operate his guns and so they withdrew - so It would appear that
it was sniper fire.

Friday, 10 February, 2006  
Blogger Ronmac said...

Another document that would be nice to see are the war diaries of the Paratroopers. But I was reading in one of AHQ reports they were lost or destroyed and were never found unlike the other German military intelligence reports.

Saturday, 11 February, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Would you mind to close your freezer door?? We have ice cold weather with wind and temps in the a.m. of -20º.C it is till –10ºC around 3 pm!! and a lot of snow!! do you watch the Ol. games?? I saw the LUGE and men's figure skatingI have to check when they have the icehockey match i would love to see!!
By the way PETER tried to help me with my password: I am still without any solution . I was glad in a way that you had problems too. This gives me an inferiority complex though! I never had problems with writing my stories for WW2. Why is this so complicated??
i am at my wit's end. I probly will be thrown out of the Blogging business!! I'm signing off for a hot cup of tea!! i just about froze: had to take my dog outside and she refused to do her business!
Even with the CENTRAL HEAT on I am still COLD!!

Friday, 17 February, 2006  
Blogger Tomcann said...

Josephine -
join the club - we are all cold up here but not as bad as the Parairies with a wind chill of -47C at Regina - now THAT is cold - we are still at the balmy stage with -8C
I guess that you have tried a new password ??? - forget the rest - start again !

Saturday, 18 February, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, we should be glad that our windchill was only-40?? we still have freezing temps but the wind died down!
A new password? Yes, i have one but do not know whom to tell it to! I have not found the place yet and I read FAQ umpteen times. Do you happen to know the secret place where they will accept my new password???
No password : NO profile i guess. so that is where I am at!! I am getting an inferiority complex!
The help I get does not seem to work ! And I do understand your language! I wrote many stories in it . Remember?? So.... will I ever get a solution???i'll treat you all to champagne if I can get it and if I can write my PROFILE! Where to serve it is another problem to be solved!

Saturday, 18 February, 2006  
Blogger Tomcann said...

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IF you are STILL unsure - then scroll down to find "Blogger help"

Saturday, 18 February, 2006  

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