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The Red Bull in the Winter Line Canvas Art Print



The Red Bull in the Winter Line Canvas Art Print

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SquareTrade © AP6.0 Military Art on Canvas The Red Bull in the Winter Line by Donna Neary Pantano, Italy -- November 29 to December 3, 1943 In September 1943 the Allies invaded the southern Italian mainland at Salerno. Strategic planners had believed that the Germans would then withdraw north, toward the Alps. But the Germans did not withdraw, and in what became known as the Battle of the Winter Line, the Allies began their long fight up the Italian peninsula. Iowa's 168th Infantry landed at Salerno some three weeks after the initial invasion. Part of the 34th Infantry Division (Red Bull) from Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota, and the first U.S. Army division to arrive in Europe, the 168th Infantry was already a veteran of the North African campaigns. In Italy, the regiment went into action almost immediately, and on November 28, 1943, the 1st Battalion was directed to seize Mount Pantano, a large mountain whose four knobs gave it a square shape. Situated in a draw between the four knobs, was a full battalion of German defenders. Taking the first knob from the surprised Germans, Company A repulsed an almost immediate counter attack in hand-to-hand fighting. The rest of the battalion arrived and for the next five days the men were under constant attack. Company A's commander, although wounded three times, led a bayonet charge against a German breakthrough; Company B stopped seven German assault waves; grenade duels raged all around the perimeter. When their ammunition was exhausted, the Americans hurled rocks and C-ration cans at the Germans. Because pack mules could only travel one-third of the way up the steep and rain-soaked slopes, supply was a critical problem. For two days there was nothing to drink but rainwater. To evacuate a casualty meant four to six hours on foot down the steep trail, under mortar fire, which forced the battalion surgeon to treat casualties on the actual firing line. Despite the constant attacks, severe casualties, cold weather and lack of ammunition and food, the 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry held its position for five days until it was relieved. For its gallantry, the unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. This was not the last Italian hillside the 168th and its sister regiments would take from the Germans: the 34th Infantry Division spent the rest of the war in Italy, and is credited with more actual days in combat than any other U.S. Army division. Today, the heritage of the "Red Bull" Division is perpetuated by the 34th Brigade, 47th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard. This 20”x24” canvas print depicts the magnificent event in National Guard History re-mastered onto high quality canvas. The Ship's crest is added if available to enhance the print as well as the ships name is printed on the bottom border. Prints on canvas look magnificent, impressive & elegant. Canvas Prints do not require protective glass so the image can be seen clearly without bothersome glares. The natural texture of the canvas gives the brint the look and feel of an original oil painting. Canvas Prints are tougher and far more durable than paper prints. Canvas Prints give the flexibility to adhere on foam boards, place on stretcher bars or mat & frame to fit your style. All orders include easy-to-follow framing & mounting instructions. We offer 3 great options to fit your needs... 1. Our standard canvas print images sizes are 14”x18” with a 3” border making the overall size of 20”x24”.Ready fro your frame or mount, we provide easy-to-follow framing or mounting instruction with every order. Ship rolled in secure mailing tubes. Let us Frame it! Simply add a frame to your print order & we will do the rest. Your order will arrive fully-framed and ready to hang on your wall. Save time - ships in 2-3 days and only $69.99 complete! Add one of the two framing options o your order & we will do the rest. 2. Mahogany Frame Complete with Frame, Pre-cut Artic White Mat, Non-glare acrylic Glass, backing, hardware & professional framing. Click here to add Frame 3. Black Satin Frame Complete with Frame, Pre-cut Artic White Mat, Non-glare acrylic Glass, backing, hardware & professional framing. Click here to add Frame Pay only a flat rate of $7.50 for shipping prints & $15.00 for framed orders. We are happy to ship orders together at no additional cost, so take advantage of this great offer! All shipping is done via USPS Priority Mail. We ship quickly & efficiently. Insurance is highly recommended. We charge only $2 & will replace your print in the event of any transport damage. We pack very well, but cannot be responsible for the Post Office’s mishaps..