1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry
November 1944 Command Post
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The images below show the building which served as the Command Post of the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, in late November 1944.
Both pictures are 'clickable', which will allow you to see them in a larger size.
The first photo was taken in November 1945. The officer in the picture is LtCol Walter Skelly who commanded the Battalion in the winter of 1944-1945. He wrote on the back of the photograph,
"This was my first CP - on Highway 65 about a mile and a half north of Livergnano. The first night I was in it, it received 6 direct hits from German artillery. My 'office' and 'sleeping quarters', together with the S-2 [Intelligence Officer] and S-3 [Operations Officer], were in a tiny animal stall, 8 feet by 6 feet. On 1 Nov 45, when this picture was taken, my old office was still intact. This was also the first time I had ever dared be in front of the CP in daylight."
The second photo was taken in June 2003, by Patrick Skelly, veteran and son of LtCol Skelly. The building is now the home of a medical doctor and a veterinary doctor (who were not at home at the time). We found it with the kind help of 'Patricia' in Livergnano, who recognized the arches, and kindly offered to go with us to the location. (Umberto, the local historian, was in Bologna that day!).
We hope that the doctors have been able to see this webpage, and do not hold our family responsible for war reparations.
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