Climb To Glory, The - Part Two Pt 2 of 2
CU boot in grass, tilt up to soldier looking down at valley. Germans in trucks on road on way north; trying to destroy several bridges. Bridge at Bomporto & sign for San Benedetto bridge.
02:12:54 Veteran explains capture of bridges. Bomporto bridge captured intact. German POWs marched back. Chaplain Moran tells of capturing surrendering Germans. CUs POWs some very young / child soldiers.
02:15:52 Tank moving, Germans running alongside road; GIs fight from behind fence; tanks thru olive groves, fierce battle. Overturned tank from landmine. German tanks & infantry retreating on road. German veterans recount retreat.
02:17:58 10th arrives by Po River. Gen. Hays recounts crossing Po river. Camouflaged artillery fire, amphibious vehicle crossing & German antiaircraft guns fired on other side of river. Troops on other side of Po River, in farm yard, GIs slowly walking past farm building.
02:20:10 Road sign Verona. (much of following is recent footage of area) 10th Division on Verona’s Lake Garda. Town nearby. German mountain bunker exterior & interior. Sign ‘Fiume Adige’. Road signs ‘Trento’ & ‘Riva Garda’. Empty narrow streets of small Northern Italian town. Banks of Lake Garda. Awards ceremony on banks of lake w/ Mark Clark. Bell rings.
02:23:42 Large military cemetery in Italy, monument and graves. Soldiers praying. The End.
WWII - European Theater - Italy; WW2; 1944; 1945; Gothic Line Fighting;