FROM WARSAW TO ROME
di Martin Williams
Meanwhile, the natural elements continued their assault on all in the region, with blizzards and snowdrifts hampering communications between strongpoints and company positions frequently out of touch. This entailed the keeping of considerable reserves of stores, for example on the Capracotta sector, there was always a reserve stock for twelve to fourteen days, dumped to meet an emergency. The mountaintop roads were also particularly exposed to snowdrifts and ice, notably on the night of the 25/26 March when a column of 31 mules and 25 Indian muleteers became buried in the snow in the Pescopennataro area, several of whom could not be saved. Considerable attention was therefore given to the problems of keeping the roads clear of snow.
M. Williams, From Warsaw to Rome. General Anders' Exiled Polish Army in the Second World War, Pen & Sword, Barnsley 2017.