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34th Division Battlefield Tour: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
After having seen how difficult it had been the British attack on Castelforte and the Minturno area and after having loose so many lives on the Rapido River in the middle of the Liri Valley, Mark Clark asked to the II Corps of General Keyes to send the 34th Red Bulls Division at the orders of Charles Ryder to cross the Rapido River norther than Cassino. The plan he had, was to ask to the 133rd Regiment to attack and occupy the tyny village of Caira, what at the time was a group of barracks and then to climb the hills behind these barracks.
34th Red Bull Division Battlefield Tour: attacking Caira Village
On the left side of the 133rd, the 135th had to cross the Rapido too, but in this case the goal was to attack Monte Cassino from this side. Naturally the poor American soldiers didn’t know that the Germans had already dug pillboxes and foxholes, they had already prepared barbed wire lines and minefields to delay the Allies.
34th Division Battlefield Tour: the starting of a second front and Monte Cassino Abbey attack
On 24th January they reached the barracks but the German fire pushed them back the night after, thanks to the help of the 100th Battalion, a group of American-Japanese, the so called Nisei. They fought like lions and on 26th January they discovered that the battalion formed by 187 men, after 24 hours, had only 28 of them left. The Red Bulls organised with the help of the tank battalion several attacks, but the mud was so difficult for tanks and heavy guns, but they had to wait until the 1st February when also the 142nd Regiment of the 36th Division came to help, the 34th reached point 593 but only for few hours.
34th Red Bull Division Battlefield Tour: a true disaster in Monte Cassino area
Even if the Times continued to write an article about the lucky attacks and how weak were now the German defences around Cassino, the Germans had ask to their regiments all over Europe to reach Cassino and join them. At the end on February General Mark Clarck and General Keyes had to decide to retreat the 34th and the 36th. In a few days of fighting the 34th Red Bulls Division lost 1/3 of its forces: 318 deaths, 1641 wounded, 392 lost.
34th Red Bull Division Battlefield Tour: WHAT TO EXPECT
The “Monte Cassino 34th Division Battlefield Tour for Americans”(about 3 hours) includes:
1) pickup from your arrival at the railway station in Cassino every day at 10.00am or 02.00pm (Main Square, near the Green Kiosk)
2) about 3h30 guided tour of the American most meaningful sites of Cassino:
- Monte Trocchio slopes
- Caira village
- the Rapido River and Rio Secco banks
- The Barracks and the Caruso Road
- German Cemetery
- Cassino town center
- Castle Hill
- The Panoramic point
- The Germans’ caves
- The Abbey of Montecassino
3) return to the railway station in Cassino at 01.30pm or 05.30pm
34th Red Bull Division Battlefield Tour: EVERYTHING YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT THE TOUR
WHEN AND WHERE : At the railway station in Cassino every day at 10.00am or 02.00pm (Main Square, near the Green Kiosk)
WHAT IS INCLUDED: Minivan and ww2 tour guide
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: Lunch and dinner are not included but I can suggest…
PRICE PER PERSON: 90 euros (lunch or dinner not included)
GUIDES/LOCAL EXPERTS: I will held this tour.
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SKU del prodotto: 34th-division-tour
Brand di prodotto: Monte Cassino war tours
Valuta del prodotto: Eur
Prezzo del prodotto: 90
Prezzo valido fino a: 30-12-2030
Prodotto in magazzino: InStock