September 17, 2014

Crossing the Carigliano River

A Sherman tank rafted across the Garigliano River
1. A Sherman tank and a Jeep are rafted across the Garigliano river on January 20, 1944.


The Garigliano River
2. The Garigliano river is located in central Italy. It forms at the confluence of Gari and Liri rivers.

The Gustav Line
3. The German defensive line known as the Gustav Line anchored its western edge at the Garigliano.

4. The Garigliano-Rapido position was attacked by the US Fifth Army.
The Garigliano was crossed by the British X Corps.

4.5’’ guns firing
5. 4.5’’ guns firing during the six hours barrage laid down before the crossing. 
It is the night between 17 and 18 January 1944.

A British infantryman wearing a Mae West life jacket
6. A British infantryman wearing a Mae West life jacket, lights a cigarette before the crossing. 
The life jacket was nicknamed after a well known American actress.

Infantry crossing in assault boats
7. Infantry crossing in assault boats on 18 January 1944.

A Sherman under a low bridge
8. A Sherman under a low bridge rushing to the crossing site on 18 January 1944.

A signalman repairs a line on a recently shelled pontoon bridge
9. A signalman repairs a line on a recently shelled pontoon bridge on 19 January 1944.

Royal Engineers repairing shelled parts of the pontoon bridge
10. Royal Engineers on their way to repair shelled parts of the pontoon bridge on 19 January 1944.

A German prisoner questioned by an NCO of the Intelligence Section
11. A German prisoner questioned by an NCO of the Intelligence Section on 19 January 1944.

Sherman tanks, north of the Garigliano River
12. Sherman tanks, north of the Garigliano River, moving towards Lorenzo on 21 January 1944. 


Photos attribution
1. Bowman (Sgt); No. 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
2. Piecon, CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
3. Stephen Kirrage, GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0, via Wikimedia Commons
4. CMH Pub 6-3-1
5. War Office official photographer, via Wikimedia Commons
6., 9.-11. Gade (Lt), War Office official photographer, via Wikimedia Commons
7. Bowman (Sgt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
8. Johnson (Sgt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
12. Bowman (Sgt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons