The Battle of Rimini
The article titled The Italian Campaign: The Battle Of Rimini here and in the links on the right, is worthy of your attention inasmuch as it is the record of various conversations between F.M. Kesselring to his Army Commanders prior to and during the Battle which we call the "Gothic Line" and has been compilied by the Canadian Army Historical Dept. It shows how we by employing a subterfuge in "disppearing" both Canadian Divisions down to the Naples area to play around in boats to give the impression that we would attempt another "Anzio" near Genoa - the employment of the 1st Cdn Armoured Bde in the Florence area to confuse even further- and lastly to send the 21st Brit. Tank bde most of the way towards Sienna before doubling back to meet up with the 1st Inf Div at Fabriano and to start the battle from a small village of Jesi. meanwhile kesselring moved his main force to the coast - then back to the Florebce area while we moved over the Metauro almost unhindered and it took him four days to send the 26th PzDiv plus the 4th Para regt over to try to stem the tide. It is avery long account and starts around the 11th August whereas the main advance took place on 25th August '44.