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The 77-acre Sicily-Rome American Cemetery lies at the north edge of the nearby town of Nettuno.  Here are the graves of 7861 Americans who died during the liberation of Italy and there is a  memorial to the 3095 missing.  The statue, by sculptor Paul Manship, is entitled "Brothers in Arms." The cemetery is generally open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  






Anzio Italy Sicily-Rome American Cemetery Anzio Italy Sicily Rome American Cemetery

Sicily-Rome American Battle Monuments Commission website: http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/sr.php


The Anzio Beachhead Museum, or Museo dello Sbarco Alleato is housed within the 17th century Villa Adele, has of a fascinating collection of documents, battle plans, maps, photographs and assorted artefacts relating to “Operation Shingle” and the landing of the British and American forces.

At the junction with traffic lights outside  Anzio train station, on foot take the hill down towards the town centre and the museum building is on the left-hand side in Via Villa Adele. Admission is Free.  Please note that the museum is only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturday and Sunday.http://www.sbarcodianzio.it/english.htm


The town of Anzio was awarded the Gold Medal for Civil Merit because Anzio was the scene of violent clashes between opposing forces, suffered devastating bombings and fierce reprisals that caused the death of many citizens, including many children.  The town and port was almost completely destroyed. The population was displaced, personal property abandoned, forced to seek refuge in neighbouring towns or in makeshift caves.  The people endured  extreme hardship and starvation.  The survivors responded with dignity and courage, confronting the horrors of war, the return to peace and the difficult work of reconstruction. An admirable example of self-sacrifice and patriotism.


There is a story of a little girl who was discovered alone and forlorn on a beach by Anglo-American soldiers.  The soldiers not knowing her name called  her “Angelita” and took her to a place of safety.  There are various versions of the tale, but some say that during the German’s heavy bombing of Anzio, she was killed a few days later.  The story has come to represent the terrible suffering of innocent children during times of war.  In Anzio a bronze statue, by Sergio Capellini, has been erected in her Angelita’s name, depicting a little girl surrounded by seagulls.


http://www.ww2museums.com/article/5780/Memorial-Angelita-of-Anzio.htm



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