Uncles WW2 Italy

Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by leosas, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. leosas

    leosas New Member

    Hi all, my Mum's brother,as well as my Dad's both fought and died in Italy in 1944. My dad's brother was in the 4th regiment recc. corps.R.A.C. and died 30/04/44 at Cassino. Does anyone have any links to this other than the usual broader links about this historic site ? Also, my Mum's brother died later that year ,served with the Loyals,North Lancs regiment, received the MM. I know he was at Anzio and made it to Rome, but little else about where they went prior to his death in October. He was with the first battalion as a medic. Thanks in anticipation, Danny. ( My Uncle Horace Mann was in the R.A.C.. and John Burke in the Loyals.)
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  3. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    FYI- John Burke's MM citation.


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  4. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Here's Burke's promotion from the units war diary for 1944 Routine Orders
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  6. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum.

    Re Horace Mann - Here is the war diary page covering the end of April 44

    Do you have any photos etc of your relatives that you can share?


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  7. leosas

    leosas New Member

    You have all made me and my families day, thank you so much everyone ! God bless them all. I will take on all of your advice etc. and post back asap.
  8. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member


    4 Recce Regt were part of 4 BR Infantry Division who, on 30 Apr 44, were putting the finishing touches to their part in Operation DIADEM - the Fourth Battle of Cassino and the one that finally broke through the German defences after four months of stalemate.

    1 Loyals were part of 1 BR Infantry Division and they landed at Anzio on 22 Jan 44. As part of 2 Infantry Brigade, 1 Loyals took a real battering during the two massinve German counter attacks on 3 and 16 Feb 44. Whilst the 3 Feb 44 counter attack stalled well short of Campo di Carne - the location mentioned in the citation, the 16 Feb 44 counter attack was much larger and did reach Campo di Carne and the Final defensive Line that 1 Loyals held in that area. What Pte Burke did is quite something because the ground was completely flat and bare in that area.


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  9. leosas

    leosas New Member

    Thanks for the extra details on both Uncles (FdeP),much appreciated.

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