The Winter Army is a fitting tribute to the high-altitude soldiers who fought with more courage than oxygen.” Apr 6, 2020 - In memory of Virgil Burch who served in the 10th Mountain Division WWII. Near the summit fortifications, Evans and two men with him hurled grenades into the trenches there, then jumped into them, landing on the backs of dead Germans. Nevertheless, I’m glad to see them.” Spotters on Riva Ridge called in barrages from field artillery on German counterattackers. THE STORY OF the 10th Mountain Division began five years earlier, in the late winter of 1940, when prominent American skiers and mountaineers began to warn military authorities of the potential threat German alpine troops posed should the United States become involved in the European war that had broken out the previous fall. Drawing largely from letters written by soldiers to their families and friends back home, Isserman provides frontline views not only of such famous battles as Riva … Experienced in skiing, mountaineering and cold-weather survival as well as military tactics, the soldiers fought enemy forces in the Italian Campaign of 1945. The bravery, struggles, and accomplishments of the 10th are documented in The Winter Army: The 10th Mountain Division in World War II, a new book by Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History. A German officer’s diary, acquired by U.S. Army intelligence, revealed a new level of despair spreading through the enemy ranks. 88’s pounded us terribly. The division was special in a number of ways. The 10th would remain in the vanguard of the Allied drive northward into northern Italy’s Po Valley and the Alps beyond until the German surrender in Italy on May 2. In four months of combat, the division never failed to take its objectives, nor were the mountain troopers ever driven from any objective they had taken. SERIES 3 MILITARY RECORDS 1942-2003 BOX 4-11 The bulk of the material in the series spans 1942 to 1945 and documents the combat experiences of the 10th Mountain Division in Italy. After backbreaking training, the legendary alpine fighting force was sent to dislodge the entrenched Germans on Italy's mountaintops. 0 bids +$1.75 shipping. 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II 6 January 1940 — 30 November 1945 Compiled by John Imbrie Vice President for Data Acquisition and Research, National Association of the 10th Mountain Division, Inc. Maps by Barbara Imbrie Battle diagrams modified from those made by Armand Casini in 1945 June 2004. The General’s words come back, “When in artillery and mortar fire, drive ahead!”. They drove ahead, remembering General Hays’s injunction, “always forward,” while leaving a trail of dead and wounded comrades. To minimize the possibility of an accidental or premature discharge of gunfire alerting the enemy to their presence, or resulting in friendly fire deaths, the men assaulting Belvedere carried unloaded weapons. From the Dardagna River that flowed along the side of the ridgeline, the climb up the east face to its summit was roughly 2,000 feet of elevation gain. (The Denver Public Library, TMD-611). The 10th Mountain Division—a full division of the United States Army specializing in mountain and winter warfare—trained at Camp Hale, Colorado during World War II. A night attack also requires trained troops because men must not fire their rifles, must keep quiet, and need skill in keeping contact. He left a tersely dramatic narrative in his war diary of the night and days that followed: Dug in on crest of ridge with [Turman] Oldman. Horrible slaughter. Can't find what you're looking for? Dug in fast. Weather-beaten and plainspoken, Hays reminded one of the soldiers gathered before him that day of a tough old cowhand. The 10th was the only US mountain division to be raised in World War II, and still has a high profile, being involved in operations from Iraq to Somalia and from Haiti to Afghanistan. The rest is history. Amazingly, for a few crucial seconds, there was no fire from above. from me. It meant there would be no German artillery observers along the ridge to call in shells on them as they advanced toward their objectives that night and in the days to come. Cold… 3 of us left in my squad. In 1945, the newly fielded U.S. 10th Mountain Division battled the enemy and the elements in Italy’s Northern Apennines. He quickly noticed a crucial but heretofore ignored landscape feature. Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall listened to the civilians, and by late November 1941 the first ski troops were beginning to gather at Fort Lewis in Washington State, to soon train on the slopes of nearby Mount Rainier. Constituted: 10.07.1943 (as the 10th Light Division) Activated: 15.07.1943: Redesignated: 06.11.1944 (as the 10th Mountain Division: Inactivated: 30.11.1945 It starts with the native peoples and covers the arrival of the U.S. Army into the North Country of New York. The curious may wonder why this particular stretch of Highway 89, winding through the Truckee River Valley, bears the name of a World War II Army unit. From that point, the regiment’s motto would be “Always Forward,” or Sempre Avanti in Italian. One man keeps saying, “Stay here long enough and they’ll get us”; another man shuts him up. By dawn on February 20, the battalion reached Belvedere’s summit. “I got up and left, my eyes filled with tears of anger. So how did the military develop the training and curriculum for this alpine division? It became known as Riva Ridge, for one of the peaks along the ridgeline, 4,672-foot Monte Riva. Following the war, the division was deactivated, reactivated, and redesigned as the 10th Infantry Division in 1948. Slept that night and captured 14 Germans by yelling at them and firing machine gun. By dawn on February 20, the battalion reached Belvedere’s summit. Moved the gun up to a new position and 1 minute later a mortar hit my old foxhole and wounded [Laverne] Staebell and [Leonard] Giddix…Counterattack surrounded us. $5.00. Photo: Courtesy of AMWS. The Germans on the Belvedere massif could also hear the firing going on to their west and must have understood that their positions were likely to be the next American target. The toll in Germans was about eight dead and twenty captured. As a young artillery officer in the previous war against Germany, he had been awarded a, Their first weeks on the Italian front had been uneventful. Scared to death. The 10th turned the tide for the Allies in Italy, revolutionized winter mountain warfare & transformed winter sports. The 10th distinguished itself in Italy during WWII by defeating German positions in the rugged mountains of northern Italy. Their related identity as “ski troops” (as they were commonly called) or “mountain troopers” bred and reflected a strong sense of unit cohesion. The 10th Mountain Division, the first alpine fighting force in the United States Armed Forces, bears more than a passing connection to Lake Tahoe. "Death from a distance, the Mountain Division, with their sharpshooter focus and sniper rifles, is precise and deadly." from me. ON A WINTRY DAY in Italy in the final months of the war against Nazi Germany, Major General George Price Hays, commander of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, spoke to men from the division’s 85th Regiment. They had been on the defensive for over a year but still held onto faith in ultimate victory. The 10th Mountain Division: WWII’s High-Altitude Heroes. Mount della Torraccia, the final objective of the February fighting, was under American control. For an excellent chronology of the 10th Mountain Division's creation, battles, and current history see the website of the 10th Mountain Division Association, Inc. at www.10thmtndivassoc.org.. Crossing the saddle connecting Mount Belvedere and Mount Gorgolesco on February 21, Private Kennerly came across the mangled corpses of men from the 85th’s B Company lying where they had fallen in the assault on Gorgolesco the previous day. The three mountains overlook Highway 64, one of the few roads then cutting through the Apennines, connecting the region around Florence to the south—which had been held by the Allies since the previous fall—to Bologna in the north, in the northern third of Italy still controlled by the Germans. While the Allied armies in western Europe drove the Germans from France and Belgium, beat back the Nazi offensive in the Battle of the Bulge, and pushed into Germany itself, the Italian front had settled into winter stalemate yet again. The U.S. 10th Mountain Division, initially unwanted, ultimately distinguished itself during the War in Italy. Territory won with grenades and bayonets by the mountain troopers was now being consolidated with the full material advantages of the Allied side. Initially known as the 10th Light Division (Pack Alpine), the unit acquired the simpler designation of 10th Mountain Division in November 1944, when they were temporarily based at Camp Swift in east Texas. By dawn of the 19th they controlled the ridgeline, at the cost of only a single man wounded. “The 10th Mountain Division of WWII had the highest ratio of college graduates of any unit in the Army. Corporal Marty Daneman, HQ Company, 2nd Battalion of the 85th, found himself in the thick of the fighting on the second night on Belvedere; it was more than two weeks before he could bring himself to write about the experience in a letter to his fiancée Lois, back in Chicago. by Flint Whitlock. Cold… 3 of us left in my squad. But all the specialized training was not for nothing. As the 10th Mountain Division waited to cross, the 1st Armored Division skirted Modena over a captured Panaro River bridge four miles north of Highway 9, then moved west, reaching a southwestern loop of the Po on 23 April. D.W. [David Wark] Griffith, influential U.S. film director (The Birth of A Nation, Intolerance). Then “all hell broke loose,” as “artillery, mortars, ‘screaming meemies’ [rockets], and machine-gun fire enveloped us.” With Captain Smith incapacitated and unconscious, Wright took over as company commander, “a responsibility I really didn’t want.”, The heavy packs the troopers often bore inspired a popular 10th Mountain Division drinking song: “Ninety Pounds of Rucksack.” (The Denver Public Library, TMD-351-2018-467), C Company stayed in the lead, fighting its way uphill. Free shipping. That’s just an example of the type of people that the 10th Mountain Division attracted.” The men of the 10th following World War II went on to transform the skiing industry into the winter sports mecca that exists today. The 10th Division was originally organized in 1918 as a Regular Army and National Army division for World War I. Operation Uphold Democracy. From their hiding places in the valley below, the soldiers looked up at the wall of shale looming more than 3,000 feet above them. In early 1945, the 10th Mountain Division helped crack the so-called Winter Line, the last major German defenses in northern Italy. Moved the gun up to a new position and 1 minute later a mortar hit my old foxhole and wounded [Laverne] Staebell and [Leonard] Giddix…Counterattack surrounded us. He stressed the importance of the 10th’s mountain training: Our attack was to begin a couple of hours before dawn. By 9 p.m. of the 20th, they were dug in on a forested ridge short of the summit. Its soldiers displayed no shortage of heroism in the battle for della Torraccia: five were awarded Silver Stars for their actions, one posthumously. Time left 4d 6h left. 9 in platoon of 32 men. See more ideas about mountains in italy, 10th mountain division, wwii. But World War II brought a need for men who could handle extreme mountainous conditions -- and the elite 10th Mountain Division was born. ON A WINTRY DAY in Italy in the final months of the war against Nazi Germany, Major General George Price Hays, commander of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, spoke to men from the division’s 85th Regiment. In four months, the division had one of the highest casualty rates of any in the war. Around 7 a.m. THE CAPTURE OF MOUNT BELVEDERE cost the 10th Mountain Division a total of 923 casualties: 192 killed in action, 730 wounded, and one prisoner of war. HistoryNet.com is brought to you by Historynet LLC, the world's largest publisher of history magazines. Although skiing existed as a recreational sport in the early 20 th century United States, it was not until the creation of the 10 th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army during World War II that the ski industry really took off. But the most difficult and prolonged phase of the battle was just beginning, as the 85th’s 2nd Battalion moved through the advanced American lines below Gorgolesco to the final objective, Mount della Torraccia. Soon after the two men arrived, the Germans launched a counterattack: I managed to get in a dugout during part of the shelling, but when the Krauts started to assault us, I got in a shallow slit trench & started firing. In November 1942 the troop was sent to Camp Hale Colorado for winter training. Time left 9d 5h left. In the early morning light, Evans spotted his platoon sergeant and close friend, Technical Sergeant Robert Fischer, lying on the ground, next to another soldier who was holding his hand, trying to comfort him. In the early morning light, Evans spotted his platoon sergeant and close friend, Technical Sergeant Robert Fischer, lying on the ground, next to another soldier who was holding his hand, trying to comfort him. Over on Gorgolesco, the fighting was more prolonged. The attack on Belvedere changed that, and the men of the 10th Mountain Division were the heroes of the day. Fischer was badly wounded, with a bullet through his lungs, and kept repeating, “Oh God. The U.S. Army, in contrast, had no alpine troops and had never fought a battle on a snowy mountain. Originally activated as the 10th Light Division (Alpine) in 1943, the division was redesignated the 10th Mountain Division in 1944 and fought in the mountains of Italy in some of the roughest terrain in the country. Only one, the 10th Mountain Division, saw combat in World War II. The Tenth Mountain Division Foundation carries forward the legacy and memory of America’s WWII winter warfare soldiers The Foundation was established to memorialize the glorious history and exceptional achievements of the World War II 10th Mountain Division and to perpetuate its memory for future generations. Our objective was taken.” C Company lost seven men killed and 23 wounded in taking Gorgolesco; Sergeant Evans received a Silver Star for his actions that day. While the division attracted top skiers, mountaineering (at Camp Hale in 1943, below) was arguably the more important skill. “I’ve been keeping something from [you], and I think that I’d better tell you…,” he wrote on March 9. John D. Magrath. To the west of Belvedere, across a valley, lay a somewhat higher and—on the side facing the Americans—much steeper three-and-a-half-mile-long ridgeline. The 10th Mountain Division—a full division of the United States Army specializing in mountain and winter warfare—trained at Camp Hale, Colorado during World War II. It had an un-matched number of professional athletes, college scholars, and potential officer candidates, … From his headquarters close to the front line, Hays studied the terrain, aerial photographs, and maps. Moved over ridge in morning and 1st [platoon] captured 3 Huns. Get the best deals for 10th mountain division wwii at eBay.com. MG’s popping all around… [Harlon] Jensen killed 10 yds. The National Ski Patrol actively recruited skiers to join the newly formed unit. The last German who got up and yelled ‘Kamerad!’ I held with an empty gun. Stealth and surprise had contributed significantly to the capture of Riva Ridge; the attack on Belvedere would enjoy neither. Please, not now.”, A vengeful Evans jumped to his feet and, heedless of danger, raced uphill toward the German machine guns, calling for men to follow him. On the 10th Mountain Division's right flank the 85th Division moved uncontested through the Adige Line north of Verona and went into Fifth Army reserve on 27 April. Dole had joined the Army's Enlisted Reserve Corps in 1942 and soon became a second lieutenant in the 10th Mountain Division. Special to the Daily. One has the top of his head shot off, his brains have spilled out onto the ground. But an accidental encounter with… Following the war the division was deactivated, only to be reactivated and redesignated as the 10th Infantry Division in 1948. B. Feuer. Hay’s battalion would go into action as soon as the sun rose. The 10th Mountain Division trained at Camp Hale on Tennessee Pass in the Colorado Rocky Mountains prior to going to Italy to fight in WWII. In 1987, Denver Public Library partnered with History Colorado and the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division to create the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center. In four months, the division had one of the highest casualty rates of any in the war. An army jeep pauses before the snow-dusted expanse of Italy’s Riva Ridge (above). There hadn’t been much good news from the “forgotten front” in Italy since the previous summer’s fighting. It was February 16, 1945. Near the summit fortifications, Evans and two men with him hurled grenades into the trenches there, then jumped into them, landing on the backs of dead Germans. However, it did not go overseas and demobilized in February 1919 at Camp Funston, Kansas. This is the most horrible sight I’ve ever seen. “Whoever has not gone through it as a frontline infantryman cannot possibly picture it.”. Belvedere During World War Two, 13,000 soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division were sent to Italy to fight the Germans. The 10th Mountain Division in WWII: – Arrived in Italy on January 6th, 1945 & immediately entered combat – Fought in the roughest terrain of Italy during WWII – Saw combat in Cutigliano, Battle of Monte Castello, Monte Della Torraccia-Mount Belvedere, Canolle, Mongiorgio, Torbole and Nago. Fischer was badly wounded, with a bullet through his lungs, and kept repeating, “Oh God. It is the most detailed of books about the 10th, making much use of correspondence between 10th soldiers, typically to family and depicting the reality of combat. Prayed in my foxhole and read my Bible. Lieutenant General Lucien K. Truscott, commander of the U.S. Fifth Army in Italy, ordered General Hays to deploy the 10th Mountain Division in the valley and hilltop villages below Mount Belvedere and to begin planning an attack—to be known as Operation Encore—for late February 1945. By the end of 1942, the ski troops, now expanded to two regiments, had their own newly constructed training camp, Camp Hale, high in the Colorado Rockies. We had been keyed to this high pitch in all our training. Originally activated as the 10th Light Division (Alpine) in 1943, the division was redesignated the 10th Mountain Division in 1944 and fought in the mountains of Italy in some of the roughest terrain in the country. Around 1 a.m. on the 25th, a concerned officer back at the regimental command post telephoned Major Hay to ask if his battalion needed reinforcements. Some of the division's brigades received more or fewer decorations depending on their individual deployments. That—and a conviction that the war he was fighting was nonetheless necessary: I still say – better to have it happen here than back home. Chris Dillmann | email@example.com What Riva Ridge really was, though, was one of the keys that helped unlock Allied victory in … Near the low point of the crest are eleven bodies in a row…. As a young artillery officer in the previous war against Germany, he had been awarded a Medal of Honor. The 10th Mountain Division Special Troops Battalion was awarded two campaign streamers in World War II and four campaign streamers in the War on Terrorism for a total of six campaign streamers and two unit decorations in its operational history. 88’s pounded us terribly. It did not arrive in Europe until winter 1944/45, but then fought hard in the harsh mountainous terrain of Northern Italy. The fighting in February broke their spirit. Division was one of many units that served this country in WWII, for images of all the Shoulder Insignia used by the United States Military in the conflict, click here. Corporal Marty Daneman, having just turned 20 in the days before the battle, was no longer the callow youth who only a month earlier had written fiancée Lois that he was “anxious to get in a hot spot” to test his courage. Next, it covers the development of the installation thru present era. “From the frozen spine of the Colorado Rockies to the icy steeps of Riva Ridge in Italy, Maurice Isserman skillfully tracks the birth of the 10th Mountain Division and its harrowing World War II battles. Belvedere…. MG’s popping all around… [Harlon] Jensen killed 10 yds. This is a fun collectable pin for all 10th Mountain Division fans. Some of the best skiers in the world, including refugees from Norway, Austria, and Germany, taught the recruits to ski in all kinds of conditions while carrying weapons and heavy packs. Please, not now.”, Evans attempted to stop the flow of blood from his friend’s chest wound with a piece of cloth torn from his jacket. The starting point for the day’s attack was 400 yards from the summit. This documentary is a tribute to the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division. Experienced in skiing, mountaineering and cold-weather survival as well as military tactics, the soldiers fought enemy forces in the Italian Campaign of 1945. Pre-Owned. The summits of Belvedere and Gorgolesco remained vulnerable to German counterattacks. The 10th Mountain Division was formed in World War II as a unit of elite troops with special operational skills adapted to mountain terrain. Five German counterattacks and constant shelling decimated the battalion’s ranks. Fred Vinson, Thirteenth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. On 15 July 1943, the 10th Light Division (Alpine) was activated, it continued to train for the next year and in November 1944 the division was re-designated as the 10th Mountain Division. For at least one young soldier (and probably many more), Belvedere represented a coming of age. The 10th Mountain Division which was the only WWII U.S. military unit whose wartime skills were turned into a popular civilian pastime. Dan L. Kennerly, a 22-year-old private serving in the 85th’s D Company, recorded Hays’s words in his diary. German counterattacks that began later in the day and continued for five days proved more costly but ultimately futile. The most prominent of these peaks is Belvedere itself, along with Mount Gorgolesco and Mount della Torraccia. The night filled with the chatter of small arms fire and the roar of explosives, as Wineberg recalled: The enemy’s artillery and mortars are searching out the draws. Throughout the daylight hours, American P-47 Thunderbolt fighter-bombers and British Spitfire fighters buzzed overhead, bombing, rocketing, or napalming any German soldiers or guns they spotted. Horrible slaughter. 10th Mountain Division and WWII. It’s appropriate that he should have the last word. C Company of 1st Battalion was in the forefront of the assault there, where the fighting began around 3 a.m. Second Lieutenant Herbert Wright was C Company’s executive officer and remembered taking shelter in a wooded slope below Gorgolesco when the Germans discovered their location. Allied control of the skies contributed to declining German morale. “The recent successes of the Fifth Army in the area around and including Mount Belvedere, west of the Bologna-Pistoia road, were achieved by the American Tenth Mountain Division,” the New York Times reported on February 25: Made up of especially trained fighters, many of whom were formerly skiers, mountain-climbers and forest rangers, the division from Monday through yesterday secured not only the key feature of Mount Belvedere itself but also Mount Gorgolesco and the Mount della Torraccia ridge. Close to 1,000 would die. In the end, when the men of the 10th finally shipped out to Italy in December 1944 and January 1945, they left the skis behind and, once on the front lines, conducted only a few skiing patrols in the Northern Apennines, with scrounged equipment. When the snow melted, the soldiers honed their rock-climbing skills. The Allies would not be able to advance into northern Italy without clearing the Germans from the adjoining high ground. The National Ski Patrol actively recruited skiers to join the newly formed unit. The 10th Division deployed in late 1944, in the Apennine Mountains in northern Italy, where the German army had held its ground on top of Mount Belvedere against the U.S. for almost half the year. This story was published in the February issue of World War II. Staff Sergeant Marlin Wineberg was a mortar squad leader in D Company—the heavy weapons company—of the 85th. Over on Gorgolesco, the fighting was more prolonged. The most prominent of these peaks is Belvedere itself, along with Mount Gorgolesco and Mount della Torraccia. (The Denver Public Library, TMD-374). Mount Belvedere is the first in a line of peaks, all about 3,000 feet high, stretching northeast from the hillside village of Querciola and arrayed along a three-and-a-quarter-mile ridgeline. This compelling documentary recounts a true "mission impossible" of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division during WWII. The 10th Mtn. The unit was originally formed at Ft. Meade, South Dakota, as a horse cavalry outfit. World War II's Ski Troops: Fight for Mt. The mission of the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division. Now, standing before the regiment as they gathered outdoors in the cold mountain air, Hays went over plans for the coming offensive, pointing out enemy positions on a large map. With the capture of Mounts Belvedere and Gorgolesco on February 19-20 and their successful defense against counterattack, the first phase of Operation Encore was achieved. In the end, the 10th had gained a reputation as one of the toughest and most competent groups of soldiers to fight in World War II. 2 Comments. As the men made their way up the lower slope, there were at first no sounds to be heard but the creaking of gear and an occasional muttered curse. Even while fighting continued, the grim task of retrieving the dead was beginning. They haven’t touched the one we are in as yet. The three mountains overlook Highway 64, one of the few roads then cutting through the. They reached Italy fit and proud. Bodies lie on Belvedere’s slopes at sunset on the first day of attack. From "Packs On" Memoirs of the 10th Mountain Division in WW2 by A. But to take the ridge, his men would need to scale those cliffs. The timeline of my edit and the reality of what took place 75 years ago have been in sync with one another. The 10th’s plan of attack was complex and multipronged, with elements from the 85th, 86th, and 87th regiments involved in the initial assault from several sides of Belvedere and Gorgolesco. Corporal Daneman would survive the war to marry Lois in August 1945. The men of the 10th were eager to join the fight against the Nazis. Killed my first Jerry on the ridge (Division objective). Robert Black fought with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy. We begin our conversation discussing why the U.S. Army didn’t have an alpine division before World War II, and how a group of civilian skiers, led by a man named Minnie Dole, spearheaded the movement to create one. From that point, the regiment’s motto would be “Always Forward,” or, The fiercest fighting on the first day of the assault took place just below the summits of Belvedere and Gorgolesco, the former the objective of the 85th’s 3rd Battalion. Available remotely with a library card while the library is closed. Categories: WWII. Before World War II the U.S. didn't have Arctic or Mountain Troops, they hadn't needed any. “For the next ten minutes, I just kept moving,” Evans recalled, “throwing grenades and firing my machine pistol. Belvedere had left him with an abiding hatred of war. 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