Accession Number:

ADA165926

Title:

Battle Analysis: The Battle of Monte Altuzzo, Offensive, Deliberate Attack, Mountain 85th and 91st Infantry Divisions, September 1944.

Descriptive Note:

Student paper,

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS COMBAT STUDIES INST

Report Date:

1984-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

91.0

Abstract:

In September 1944, the Fifth US Army, as part of a coordinated effort with the British Eighth Army, launched an offensive against the German Gothic Line, in the Appennines Mountains of North Central Italy. Not wanting to assault the heavily defended key terrain of the Futa Pass, the II Corps decided to outflank it by taking the II Giogo Pass to the east. The 91st Division attacked to seize the high ground to the west Monte Monticelli while the 85th Division attacked Monte Altuzzo on the east. Although elements of both divisions were involved, the battle was primarily a regimental-sized fight, with most actions involving platoon or squad-sized fight, Monte Altuzzo was seized. This victory was the initial breach in the Gothic Line, and opened the way for continuing the attack northward to the Po Valley.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE