The Battle of Biazzo Ridge started at a seemingly irrelevant meeting engagement between the US and German forces in Sicily. The date was 11JUL43, and Colonel Gavin initially lead an attack against the ridge with a rag tag force of men from the 180th Infantry Regiment, engineers from the 307th Engineer Battalion and some paratroopers of the 505th RCT. By the end of the day, after many attacks and German armor-infantry counterattacks, the ridge was in US possesion. Unknown to them, the US forces have just bumped on the left flank of the Goring Panzer Division, which was rushing towards Gela to push the US beachhead back into the sea. Some historians think that Gavin's attack saved the US beachhead at Gela. For that, and for the extreme courage shown in the line of duty, the Battle of Biazzo Ridge is one of the finest moments of US military history.
|A big map, abundant in trees and concealment favors what paratroopers are very good at: infiltration and mayhem into the enemy rear.|
|"All Americans" at the Biazzo Ridge, fighting for their lives.|
|The troops of the Goring Panzer Division, in one of their counterattacks to take back the ridge.|