On the 20th June 1944, two British Infantry Divisions, the 78th and 4th, advanced on the 1 Fallschirmjager-Division and 334 Infanterie-Division of the German 10th Army in the territory which lies between Lake Trasimeno to the east and the two lakes of Chiusi and Montepulciano to the West. This defensive formation was known as ‘The Trasimene Line’ and was primarily set up to enable the Germans to delay the Allied forces so they could fortify and strengthen the Gothic Line further North.
Whilst I never knew him, his and so many others sacrifice has shaped the world we live in today. Most of the above information has been learnt by my brother - and along with our sister we will be visiting the scene of the battle and his final place of rest, 75 years on. The cost of war on our family, like so many, has left its mark and its sad effects are being remembered throughout this year with many 75th anniversaries taking place. As we look back thankful for the peace gained there is a lesson from such violence and cost of lives within our families that we should strive as individuals, communities, nations and as a planet to find less dreadful ways to secure peace in our relationships with each other.
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