10th Mountain Division- Italian Alpini Peace Monument
Located in the grassy center of the Piazza di 10th Mountain Division (10th Mountain Division Square).Monument
A large rock, about 7 feet tall, with the sculptures of two mountain soldiers meeting the peak; one is an Italian Alpino Soldier, the other a soldier of the 10th Mountain Division.
From the Linea Gotica Website: Querciola was on the part of the Gothic Line running from Riva Ridge to Monte Belvedere. All the attacks launched on the summit of Belvedere by Armando’s partisans and the American mountain troops passed through here. On 28 September 1944 the German column responsible for the Ca’ Berna massacre also passed through Querciola on its way to Ronchidoso.
The square named after the American Mountain troops and contains a monument to them. On 2015, a plaque was added to the monument to commemorate the American Jewish doctor awarded the Bronze Star for his work on Monte Cappel Buso, who was killed shortly afterwards, early in March 1945, during the battle to take Castel d’Aiano (Sassomolare). (See this website: PFC Andrew Goldstein Memorial Plaque, for more information)
This monument was placed by a local Alpini Association (Italian Mountain Troop Association) in 1988.
The text is written in Italian and reads:
ALPINI PER LA PACE
DI QUESTE MONTAGNE
I VALOROSI COMBATETTENTE
DELLA 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION
The English translation:
ALPINE TROOPS FOR PEACE
OF THESE MOUNTAINS
THE VALOROUS 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION
MARCH 6, 1988
10th Mountain Division
85th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division
86th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division
87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division
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