On December 28, the weather conditions further deteriorated (intense cold, snow). Despite this, and the difficulties it experienced in getting adequate ammunition supplies, the 8th M.T.R. continued its forward movement in order to reach its objectives: hills 1025 and 1029 [across the Chiaro River]. The regiment still benefited from the support of the entire divisional artillery (except for the I./63rd R.A.A., which supported the 5th M.T.R.) and the 6th US Corps artillery, while the Tabors continued to cover the regiment's northern flank. Around 15:30 hrs, elements of II./8 (5th and 7th companies) approached point 1190 [a dilapidated farm called 'cabane Mainard'; this point dominated hills 1025 and 1029 and therefore had to be taken to allow further progress across the Chiaro River]; but the companies were completely exposed on the forward side of the mountain and suffered many casualties to enemy fire. At 19:00 hrs they retired to hill 1478, which led to the abandonment of the 'cabane' Mainarde and - in consequence - to the withdrawal of the goumiers of the 8th Tabor which were trying to cross the Chiaro River higher up in the mountains to the north. The Tabor also was fired on by machine guns from the neighboring heights on the west bank. In the south, the 5th M.T.R. continued its preparations for an attack, which was scheduled for the following day, the 29th; a thrust across hills 1225, 1220 and the 'twin hills'. In short, the enemy did not try to regain the ground lost the day before, but he opposed, by all means, the crossing of the Rio Chiaro, and still occupied his positions on the Monna Casale. During the day, the 2nd Moroccan division had to evacuate around 100 men suffering from frostbite, especially frozen feet. French Moroccan Tirailleurs march through snow and ice towards the front 29 December 1943, Goumiers stretcher-bearers near Castelnuovo. On 28 December 1943 soldiers of the 5. Gebirgsjäger Division massacred a group of 42 innocent Italian civilians - men, women and fifteen young children (ages ranging from 1 month to 56 years). They were inhabitants from the nearby villages, who had fled the violence of war by taking refuge in the upper valley of the Chiaro River, and thus inadvertently got in between the front lines. A simple cross is placed at the site of the atrocity.