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Monte La Difensa, Battle of, Italy, 1943


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    • found: Work cat.: Horn, B. Amongst the eagles: the Battle of Mount La Difensa, 2013 (CIP)
    • found: Library of Congress. THOMAS website, Nov. 8, 2013:Congressional Record 113th Congress (2013-2014). Awarding Congressional Gold Medal To First Special Service Force -- (House of Representatives - May 21, 2013) ("(8) In October 1943, the Force went to Italy, where it fought in battles south of Cassino, including Monte La Difensa and Monte Majo, two mountain peaks that were a critical anchor of the German defense line. (9) During the night of December 3, 1943, the Force ascended to the top of the precipitous face of Monte La Difensa, where the Force suffered heavy casualties and overcame fierce resistance to overtake the German line. (10) After the battle for La Difensa, the Force continued to fight tough battles at high altitudes, in rugged terrain, and in severe weather.")
    • found: WWW.firstspecialserviceforce.net website, Nov. 8, 2013:History of the First Special Service Force ("At Monte la Difensa, near which was located the ancient town of Rocca d'Evandro (about 10 miles south east of Cassino) and was part of the Bernhardt Line Defenses on the Camino hill mass, between December 3 and December 6, 1943, they immediately earned a reputation for being able to take impenetrable objectives when no one else could. Here, in the dead of winter, the 1st Special Service Force wiped out a strategic enemy defensive position that sat high atop a mountain surrounded by steep cliffs. Previously, American and British forces had suffered many casualties in futile attempts to take the important target. The 1st SSF was successful, and this incident was the basis for the 1968 motion picture titled "The Devil's Brigade.")
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