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Monte Leuci Battle Museum in Pontecorvo:WHAT TO EXPECT
During the IIWW Monte Leuci was a strategical strongpoint on the Liri Valley. It was on the German Defensive Line called “Senger-Riegel” Line, or better known as the Hitler Line (have a look here to read what happened in Aquino Area on 23rd May 1944). The position of this high hill on the main road between Pontecorvo and Pico was a dangerous obstacle for the Alleid advancing to north.
Monte Leuci Battles Museum in Pontecorvo: the Hitler Line
But it was difficult also for the French Expeditionary Corps and its Genaral De Goislard de Monsabert. He has the important task to attack the Germans on the left side, and he was successful in attacking Monte Leuci even if it was very difficult and it lasted only few hours. On 21st May 1944 the 26th German Volksgrenadier Division of General Luettwitz launched a counterattack and threw off the French from the top oh the hill.
Monte Leuci Battles Museum in Pontecorvo: the Senger Line
During the fighting the Canadian artillery located on the other side of the Liri Valley, helped the French Army sending a great number of air strikes on the area where the German tanks were. The French attacked the area 4 times during that day. they lost men and time during the first three attacks, but during the last one they were successful, and they allowed the advance of the Allied until Pico.
Monte Leuci Battles Museum in Pontecorvo
The 26th German division could not take Monte Leuci back again, and Kesserling showed his big disappointment to General Luttwitz.The report of the battle is remembered also by the Marechal Juin in this book called “Momoires, Alger, Tunis, Rome”: Semblable au perroquet, qui ne gravit un degre qu’apres s’etre solidement installe sur le precedent, manoeuvrant habilment et dejouant toutes les contre-attaques, il enleve Pico le 22 mai apres un combat acharne, alors que les Canadiens, ancore loin derriere, ne forceront la ligne Hitler a Pontecorvo que deux jours apres .(page 318)
Visiting Monte Leuci Museum
The museum was opened in 2004, during the celebrations for the 60th Anniversary of the liberation of Pontecorvo, in an old little church on the top of Monte Leuci Hill. This little museum has a little collection of munitions, bombs, and weapons used during the different attacks in this area. There are also a lot of pictures, and original newspapers of that period. In the Plastico in the middle of the entrance are showed two soldiers, a German and a Canadian, rappresenting the hundreds of young people fighting here and dying in this area.
Monte Leuci Battle Museum in Pontecorvo: ALL YOU MUST KNOW
The “Monte Leuci Battle Museum in Pontecorvo” can be visited every day all around the year.
You must book this tour in advance.
Sorry but whellchairs can not be used
There are parking facilities all around this area
Please wear good sport shoes or trekking shoes
Monte Leuci Battle Museum in Pontecorvo: MY TOUR
The “Monte Leuci Battle Museum in Pontecorvo” tour (about 3 hours) includes:
1) pickup from your arrival in Cassino at 10.00am or 02.00 pm and about 35 minute ride to Monte Leuci
2) about 1,5 hours guided tour of Porchio area
3) about 35 minutes ride back to the railway station in Cassino at 01.00pm or 05.00pm
Monte Leuci Battle Museum in Pontecorvo: WHAT ELSE YOU CAN’T MISS IN THIS AREA
Monte Leuci Battle Museum in Pontecorvo
The Monte Leuci Battle Museum tour in Pontecorvo is held by Anna Maria Priora a local guide and WW2 expert
SKU del prodotto: Leuci
Brand di prodotto: Monte Cassino War Tours
Valuta del prodotto: Eur
Prezzo del prodotto: 80
Prezzo valido fino a: 30-12-2040
Prodotto in magazzino: InStock