WINGED GUNNERS

di Robert Charles Woollacott (1922-1997)

However, Sam Wilkinson's diary helps bring events to life:

«The next battle we went on was with our old friends the 3rd Canadian Brigade who had taken up positions round Capracotta, overlooking the River Sangro. We travelled up to join them, climbing higher and higher into the mountains, and went into action just behind the village, about four thousand feet up. The village was, typically, built right on top of a high ridge so that from the far side, one could see down to the river and across the valley to the enemy positions on the slopes beyond. There was a regimental O.P. in a bedroom of one of the houses from which the occupant could sit back in comfort and direct the fire.

«The enemy were very thin on the ground, but then, so were we. Activity was, therefore, mostly patrolling by both sides. Tudor Griffiths, F Troop Commander, had an O.P. way out to the right, about two hours walk over the mountain, in a village called Pescopennataro. He found a convenient church tow-er for his O.P. and lived in a house by its base where the locals made him very comfortable, providing him with hams and blankets».

  • R. C. Woollacott, Winged Gunners, Quote, Harare 1994, p. 64.

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