I have always lived in Cornuda, in the province of Treviso, on a street called
Via 30 Aprile 1945. This street was named in honor of the day the
Allies arrived and liberated my town from the nazi-fascists.
The pictures of the Sherman tanks and GIs advancing along the town, which I've
seen so many times, have always instilled in me a great interest in the history
of the Second World War.
Several years ago, I began to search for information about those days, with my
main interest being the American liberation troops. I did not find much about
Cornuda in the information I received from the U.S. Army, or from searching on
the Internet (the net was not very big at the time). Last year I
built a website dedicated to an event of the Second World War,
D-Day. When I finished, I decided to renew my search for information
about Cornuda. I wanted to tell the events of Cornuda from a different
point of view, as seen through the eyes of the American troops.
After a long search and after buying some second-hand books in the U.S. and
with the precious help of some American history lovers, I found what I was
German prisoners escorted by American and partisan soldiers.
The events that happened in Cornuda more than 60 years ago were described
in different sources such as reports, statements, official unit histories, and
the memories of an American general, and a combat medic. All of the sources
portray Cornuda as one of the last bloody fights that happened in Italy during
the Second World War.
When I view the pictures of the American soldiers sitting on the tanks advancing
carefully along the streets, I have the proof of a gift for which gratitude
will be never enough. Especially when I think that during that period, my
grandfather was interned in a German prisoner camp and my grandmother
was one of many other mothers terrorized by the war caused by a criminal
irresponsibility of the nazi-fascists.
A few months before the war, the American liberators were just average citizens.
They were busy planning their future, thinking about what kind of career to
undertake, or what college to attend, or they were saving money for their
children’s future. Suddenly, they were catapulted into a war that neither they,
nor their country, had caused or desired. Many of those young people probably
had never travelled outside of their home state, let alone their country. But
they undertook the longest trip of their life, coming to fight in the streets
of a small town in northeast Italy. They came to eradicate the most ignoble
political and military order that has ever subjugated Europe, in order that
nothing like it could be repeated in the future. In their journey, they had the
support of so many other people that in various ways had chosen to refuse the
In this website, I have created different sections to tell these historical
events. In the Italian Campaign
section, you will find a description of the reason that led the Allies to
undertake the war in Italy. In the long
walk section, the evolution of the Allied advance is described.
In Verona to Cornuda I
reported in detail the military operations of some of the most important Allied
divisions destined to free northeast Italy, from the days of the Po River
crossing, up until the end of the war. In the
battle of Cornuda I described the fighting that occurred in
Cornuda on the afternoon of 30 April 1945 and the following night. The
original combat film shot during the fightings is available in the
Combat film section. In the Pictures
section, some old photographs are presented, compared with today's
The Liberators section tells the
history of the Allied units that participated in the liberation of Cornuda. In
this page are also listed the documents and the sources of information
that I have consulted, as well my thanks
to those people who have helped me.
With this website, I want to remember and honor the Allied soldiers and the
partisans that fought for the liberty of everyone, especially the 88th “Blue
Devils” Infantry Division, the 752nd Tank Battalion, and the 805th Tank
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